Wendy Lesser is the Editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of ten books. Her eleventh, You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn, will be published next March.
 (November 2016)

IN THE REVIEW

The Battles Over Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe; portrait begun by John Elliott, circa 1910, finished by William Henry Cotton, circa 1925

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe

by Elaine Showalter
Nobody can know another’s marriage from the inside. Even with people we know well, the relationship we see is merely the deceptive outward show, the public illusion; at home the marriage shifts into some other mode entirely, with intimate deployments of coldness or affection, manipulation or control, altering the balance …