Josiah Allen’s Wife – The Story of Marietta Holley

A WPBS-DT Local Production – Marietta Holley was a Jefferson County writer of the 19th century whose work once shaped the entire women’s rights movement in the United States. Hailed as “The female Mark Twain,” Marietta Holley wrote in a distinctive colloquial voice that has largely faded from modern literary use, but is still fresh and strong in her books. Holley and her work have fallen into relative obscurity and are largely unknown outside of very narrow academic circles. This local documentary is intended to re-ignite awareness of her importance in the history of the United States and of Jefferson County, in particular, and to re-introduce her literary style and the flavor of her work to contemporary audiences.