Anne Hampton Brewster

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Anne Hampton Brewster


Brewster, Anne Hampton, 1818-1892
Relationships-- Intimate--Same-sex
Social Events--Salons and Receptions
Travel Reports
Lippincott's Magazine
Boston Daily Advertiser
Philadelphia Bulletin
Daily Evening Telegraph
New York World
Atlantic Monthly


Anne Hampton Brewster is an American novelist, journalist and foreign correspondent. She is born to Maria Hampton and Francis Enoch Brewster. In the 1840s, Brewster and Charlotte Cushman meet in Philadelphia, where Cushman is manager of the Walnut Street Theatre. (Brewster's posthumous account of Cushman in Blackwood Magazine details their early time together.) Brewster's brother disapproves of their relationship, about which Brewster subsequently wonders in her diary "is such love wrong?"
Cushman later supports Brewster in her decision to move to Rome, even though their relationship is never as intimate as in the 1840s (cf. Brewster's article of 1878). In July 1869, Brewster notes in her diary (ABP 3 4, 112) that she has "received delightful letters from Europe latley, from Emma Stebbins, Charlotte Cushman at Rome [...] They all urge me to come abroad [...] She (C.C.) begs me to join her in England this October and journey to Rome with her. I wish I could but it is impossible. However by another year I shall be ready [...]"
In a letter to Helen Hunt [Jackson], Cushman talks disparagingly about Brewster and her work as a writer, which suggest a rift not yet covered in secondary material on their relationship:
"I wish I could find in any newspaper as real honest letters, & written in as good English as these, but Miss Anne Brewster is the kind of food my country people like to eat, so in Gods name let them have it. Better people have, & can again starve, while Mrs. Brewster & such writers flourish like a [?] bay tree" (March 29, 1871)

The bulk of surviving letters from Anne Brewster are to her partner Mary Howell. Brewster's diary entry from June 1876 is one of the key sources for details about Cushman's break-up with Matilda Hays in 1857.

Brewster contributes to the following papers as a foreign correspondent (source Larrabee, Anne Hampton Brewster: An Exhibition 16 March-31 August 1992, pp. 36):

She also contributes to the Atlantic Monthly and Lippincott's Magazine in the 1860s.

In 1868, Brewster moves to Rome permanently. In the so-called Eternal City, her weekly receptions in Palazzo Maldura are popular among US-American expatriates. In 1889, she moves to Siena where she dies in 1892.



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"Anne Brewster, who by 1876 had supplanted Cushman as the most influential salonnière in Rome, Brewster recorded her impressions in a diary entry"(Parrott 327)

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“Anne Hampton Brewster,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed July 18, 2024,

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