A Singular Life

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A Singular Life is a novel published in 1895 by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward. It was first published in serial form in The Atlantic from January through October 1895, and published in novel form in late 1895. It was the fourth highest best-selling book in the United States in 1896.[1][2][3]

One of Ward's favorite novels among her many, the story resolves around a young minister who promotes temperance in small fishing town.[4] Gloucester, Massachusetts was believed to be the model for the setting, and prompted a local attorney to pen a pamphlet titled Gloucester Vindicated.[5]


  1. ^ Hackett, Alice Payne. Seventy Years of Best Sellers 1895-1965, p. 92 (1967) (the lists for 1895-1912 in this volume are derived from the lists published in The Bookman (New York))
  2. ^ (6 November 1895). A Good Theological Novel (book review), The New York Times (positive review)
  3. ^ The Atlantic monthly. Volume 75, Issue 447, January 1895 (first installment; note that the work itself is copyrighted 1894, although it did not begin appearing in print until the January 1895 issue)
  4. ^ James, Edward T. (et al.) Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 2, p. 540 (1971)
  5. ^ (4 August 1901). Gloucester - Where the Fish Come From - And Its People, The New York Times

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