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LeeFanny Fern(Sarah Payson Willis, 1811-1872), the first woman regular newspaper columnist in the US, was famous for her biting, satirical commentary on many issues: women's economic independence, marriage life, the struggles of the poor, and authorship are just a few. The key to her tremendous success in the 19th-century American literary market was her sentimental sympathy to the poor and suffering underlying her biting satires.Her autobiographical novel, Ruth Hall (1854), contains scathing portraits of her father, in-laws, and brother (the poet Nathaniel P. Willis) as well as unsparing praise for a heroine who has achieved her economic success in the literary marketplace without men's help, both of which were revolutionary enough to earn her much criticism for her “unfeminine” attitude. Yet this female version of American Dream is carefully justified by the sentimental sufferings of a poor widow and mother's duty to her kids. Therefore Fanny Fern, a woman writer in the nineteenth-century American literary market, can be evaluated to have subversively manipulated sentimental power of motherhood and the cult of domesticity of the period to proclaim female individualism, women's economic independence and independence to express themselves boldly and honestly.