Godey's Lady's Book

published by Louis A. Godey, was the most influential advice literature for women in the nineteenth century. The first issues of the publication were released in the 1830s and it continued to be one of the most popular magazines until the end of the nineteenth century.

The long time editor of Godey's, Sarah J. Hale, had a profound influence over middle class Americans who wanted to embody proper middle class etiquette and values. In many ways, her work laid the foundation for future advice givers, like Martha Stewart or Oprah Winfrey.


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