New Novel Reveals Secrets of Famous Suffragette

Elizabeth Cady Stanton historical fiction account.

Online PR News – 28-April-2016 – Fallbrook, CA – After six years of research and writing, author Sarah Bates has published a new novel detailing the early life of suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Although the author has always been intrigued by Stanton, comments by young women who didn’t know who Stanton was, or that she fought for the 19th Amendment giving women voting rights, convinced Bates to write the novel. Thus was born, The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

When Bates began researching Stanton’s life she found books depicting the struggles of the suffragette once she became well known. Very little information existed about the woman’s youth. Although the author read everything she could find about Elizabeth Cady’s early years, it wasn’t until she interviewed Elisabeth Griffith whose dissertation in the 1980s became In Her Own Right, a Stanton biography, that she found the hook for the novel. Griffith told Bates that Stanton had kept diaries all her life and when she became famous she read them again and fearing they contained details that would ruin her reputation, she destroyed them. Stanton re-wrote the missing pages that later became her own book, Eighty Years and More, Reminiscences, 1815-1897.

Using the facts in those two books, Bates crafted a historical novel weaving fictitious scenes around real events resulting in a story that reveals Elizabeth Cady the girl, who became the famous suffragette. Throughout the novel, diary pages containing her innermost thoughts depict the fight for equality Elizabeth Cady faced in the 1800s.

Sarah Bates first novel Twenty-One Steps of Courage published in 2012. Her short stories appeared in Bravura Literary Magazine, The Greenwich Village Literary Journal, and the anthology, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women. She is a former writer for the Fallbrook/Bonsall California Village News, and she tutored writing for the English Department of Palomar College in San Marcos, California for ten years. She lives in Fallbrook, California.

The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is available in trade paperback and for e-readers at all retail booksellers.

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