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By Marilyn Yalom

How did marriage, thought of a spiritual accountability in medieval Europe, develop into a venue for private success in modern the United States? How did the thought of romantic love, a novelty within the center a while, develop into a prerequisite for marriage at the present time? And, if the unique function of marriage used to be procreation, what precisely is the aim of marriage for ladies now? Combining "a scholar's rigor and a storyteller's craft"(San Jose Mercury News), special cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage within the Judeo Christian international in the course of the centuries and exhibits how substantially our rules approximately marriage have replaced. For any girl who's, has been, or ever should be married, this intellectually lively and gripping old research of marriage sheds new mild on an establishment most folk take without any consideration, and which can, actually, be experiencing its so much convulsive upheaval because the Reformation.

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Sanderson) Tulsa, Oklahoma. Charles Rankin's insightful Introduction helps situate the text within contemporary trends in western literature. We are grateful to Barbara Guth and her staff at the University of New Mexico Press for their guidance, enthusiasm, and encouragement. Family members also collaborated on this project, and we appreciate their patience and understanding. Claude M. Froidevaux contributed the cartography. We are especially indebted to our parents, J. David and Jane M. Love, and to our aunt, Phoebe Love Holzinger, for their Page viii willingness to share their memories and insight toward people and events before our time.

But then, that was not why Ethel took the job. Rather, she was in search of experience, not for the sake of career so much as in hopes of expanding her horizons. She had spent the previous summer working at a settlement house in the slums of New York City and now she would risk the wilds of the remote West teaching in a one-room school. Well-educated and raised in a family setting that encouraged an awareness of the larger world, Ethel wanted to experience more of that world firsthand. Page xvii Departing from her family home in Denver in October 1905, Ethel began her first journal anticipating a singular experience.

No wonder. "Makes you tired even to look at so many people," consoled Mrs. Welty. We ate our baked potatoes and giant biscuits, onions and carrots and canned apple pie in half silence, glad to be through. Page 18 The stage horses were changed and we started on toward Lost Soldier. Bill Collins told us then that our next driver was to be Al Dowerty [Dougherty] or Peggy. In the winter of '86 when Dowerty had been driving the stage with mail, he had lost the way in a blizzard and wandered far from the road.

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