Loving Friendship between Emma Stebbins and Charlotte Cushman, Chicago Tribune, March 3, 1878

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Title

Loving Friendship between Emma Stebbins and Charlotte Cushman, Chicago Tribune, March 3, 1878

Subject

Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Death
Friendship
Relationships-- Intimate--Same-sex
Reputation
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
Intimacy--As topic

Description

The article seeks to depict the relationship between Stebbins and Cushman to explain Stebbins's "facilities for writing" the biography. Unlike other announcements of the biography, this one turns toward a more private background to advertise the biography as an account of intimate knowledge between two women who shared a "loving friendship."
Stebbins is characterized as the "intimate, cherished, and trusted friend of Miss Cushman" and "inheritor of Miss Cushman's papers." Both "lived in close companionship" which is why Stebbins knew Cushman very well as they shared "hours of loneliness, sickness, and sorrow." The biography represents "a labor of reverent affection."



Credit

Newspaper.com

Date

1878-03-03

Type

Reference

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Text

Miss Emma Stebbins has nearly completed her life of Charlotte Cushman, and this memorial of the great actress will soon be published. Miss Stebbins was, for years, the intimate, cherished, and trusted friend of Miss Cushman. She lived in close companionship with that great artist, and saw and understood the habits of her daily life, the springs of her conduct, and the peculiarities of her character. It was upon the loving friendship of Miss Stebbins that Charlotte Cushman leaned in her hours of loneliness, sickness, and sorrow. Ever since the death of the eminent actress Miss Stebbins has been engaged upon her biography; and this has been a labor of reverent affection.  As, in life, Miss Stebbins was the repository of Miss Cushman's confidence, so, in death. She became the inheritor of Miss Cushman's papers. Her facilities for writing the standard life of Charlotte Cushman are obvious.

Provenance

Location

Chicago, IL, US

Geocode (Latitude)

41.8755616

Geocode (Longitude)

-87.6244212

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Citation

“Loving Friendship between Emma Stebbins and Charlotte Cushman, Chicago Tribune, March 3, 1878,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed May 28, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/663.

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