Sarah Osborn’s Collected Writings
Edited by Catherine A. Brekus
June 27, 2017
448 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
13 b/w illus.
Sarah Osborn (1714–1796) was one of the most charismatic female religious leaders of her time and one of relatively few colonial women whose writings have been preserved. This volume reprints selections from Osborn’s fascinating manuscripts, including her memoir, letters, and diaries.
An evangelical Christian who led popular revival meetings at her own home, Osborn was also a gifted writer who recorded the story of her life. In thousands of pages of manuscripts, Osborn chronicled her personal struggles alongside the great events of her age, including the Great Awakening, the French and Indian War, the moral crisis posed by slavery, and the American Revolution. A rare opportunity to hear an early American woman speak about her faith and her religious leadership, this masterfully edited work is also an invaluable resource for understanding the rise of evangelical Christianity.
“In a magnificent biography, Catherine Brekus introduced readers to the life of Sarah Osborn. In this generous and beautifully-edited anthology, she has done even more. To use Osborn's own words, she has managed "to roll the work of instruction" into the hands of others. Teachers, scholars, specialists, and general readers can now discover Osborn and her world on their own.”—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, author of A Midwife's Tale
Key to Biblical Citations (.pdf)
Sarah Osborn was a densely biblical writer who frequently cited scripture either explicitly or indirectly. This guide, which is arranged by chapter, is designed to help readers identify her many allusions to scripture.