Winnie Woodfern Comes Out in Print: Story-Paper Authorship and Protolesbian Self-Representation in Antebellum America
Sometime after July 1851, Mary Field Williams Gibson, a teenage orphan from Vermont, moved to Boston to make her fortune. By the following summer, the 17 year old had begun publishing powers and short stories. Writing under the pseudonym, Winnie Woodfer, Gibson soon became a major contributor to several of Boston's most popular papers. In this paper, Daniel Cohen discusses the life and work of Winnie Woodfern.