"Some Queer Freak of Taste": Gender, Authorship, and the "Rock Me to Sleep" Controversy.

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    • Abstract:
      The article discusses a controversy surrounding the authorship of the 1860 lyric poem "Rock Me to Sleep" by Elizabeth Akers Allen. It examines claims by a New Jersey legislator named Alexander McWhorter Ball to have authored the poem and explores an article by Allen published in the newspaper the "New York Evening Post" in June of 1865. The author considers Allen's claims concerning her professionalism and Ball's amateur status. Other topics include the context of the nineteenth-century American literary marketplace, sentimental reading practices, and the success and circulation of the poem.
    • Author Affiliations:
      1College of William and Mary
    • ISSN:
      0002-9831
    • Accession Number:
      10.1215/00029831-1901436
    • Accession Number:
      85163650
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      PUTZI, J. “Some Queer Freak of Taste”: Gender, Authorship, and the “Rock Me to Sleep” Controversy. American Literature, [s. l.], v. 84, n. 4, p. 769–795, 2012. DOI 10.1215/00029831-1901436. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=85163650. Acesso em: 25 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Putzi J. “Some Queer Freak of Taste”: Gender, Authorship, and the “Rock Me to Sleep” Controversy. American Literature. 2012;84(4):769-795. doi:10.1215/00029831-1901436
    • APA:
      Putzi, J. (2012). “Some Queer Freak of Taste”: Gender, Authorship, and the “Rock Me to Sleep” Controversy. American Literature, 84(4), 769–795. https://doi.org/10.1215/00029831-1901436
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Putzi, Jennifer. 2012. “‘Some Queer Freak of Taste’: Gender, Authorship, and the ‘Rock Me to Sleep’ Controversy.” American Literature 84 (4): 769–95. doi:10.1215/00029831-1901436.
    • Harvard:
      Putzi, J. (2012) ‘“Some Queer Freak of Taste”: Gender, Authorship, and the “Rock Me to Sleep” Controversy’, American Literature, 84(4), pp. 769–795. doi: 10.1215/00029831-1901436.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Putzi, J 2012, ‘“Some Queer Freak of Taste”: Gender, Authorship, and the “Rock Me to Sleep” Controversy’, American Literature, vol. 84, no. 4, pp. 769–795, viewed 25 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Putzi, Jennifer. “‘Some Queer Freak of Taste’: Gender, Authorship, and the ‘Rock Me to Sleep’ Controversy.” American Literature, vol. 84, no. 4, Dec. 2012, pp. 769–795. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1215/00029831-1901436.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Putzi, Jennifer. “‘Some Queer Freak of Taste’: Gender, Authorship, and the ‘Rock Me to Sleep’ Controversy.” American Literature 84, no. 4 (December 2012): 769–95. doi:10.1215/00029831-1901436.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Putzi J. “Some Queer Freak of Taste”: Gender, Authorship, and the “Rock Me to Sleep” Controversy. American Literature [Internet]. 2012 Dec [cited 2020 Nov 25];84(4):769–95. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=85163650