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Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

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Title: Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
Author: Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher
ISBN: 9780679733768
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 1991
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Near Fine
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Publisher Description:
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER - Drawing on the diaries of one woman in eighteenth-century Maine, "A truly talented historian unravels the fascinating life of a community that is so foreign, and yet so similar to our own" (The New York Times Book Review).

Between 1785 and 1812 a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work (in 27 years she attended 816 births) as well as her domestic life in Hallowell, Maine. On the basis of that diary, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gives us an intimate and densely imagined portrait, not only of the industrious and reticent Martha Ballard but of her society. At once lively and impeccably scholarly, A Midwife's Tale is a triumph of history on a human scale.