By Charles H. Russell

Elise Waerenskjold is understood to lovers of Texas girls writers as "the woman with the pen," from the name of a publication of her writings. A forward-looking journalist, she despatched letters and articles again to Norway that inspired others to persist with her footsteps to Texas, the place a small colony of Norwegian settlers have been creating a new existence alongside—but certain from—other eu immigrants.

Undaunted is the 1st complete biography of Waerenskjold in the course of her Texas years, a existence tale that exhibits a lot approximately Texas, particularly within the Norwegian colonies, from 1847 until eventually close to the tip of the century. in addition, it tells the tale of a robust and self sufficient philosopher who championed women's rights, was once pro-Union and opposed to slavery (though her husband was once within the accomplice military and used to be thus murdered in Reconstruction-era violence), and left an exciting physique of writing approximately lifestyles at the edges of Texas settlement.

Charles Russell's bright account of Waerenskjold describes not just her effect between her countrymen but additionally her personal lifestyles, which used to be a saga of substantial drama itself. It bargains a transparent and enjoyable window onto immigrant lifestyles in Texas and the problems that formed women's lives and elicited their abilities in an past century.

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