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Relationships of Stoddard, Elizabeth

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To explore the relationships between the various bohemian writers and artists who frequented Pfaff's bar, select a person or group, and then select a relationship type. This section of the site is currently under construction; new content is being added on a regular basis.

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Ludlow, Fitz Hugh (1836-1870)

Ludlow was a member of Taylor's poetic group, along with Richard Henry Stoddard, Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard, Edmund Clarence Stedman, George Henry Boker, Fitz-James O'Brien, Christopher P. Cranch, and George William Curtis.


Booth, Edwin (1833-1893)

After Booth's wife died, Booth discovered a letter from Mrs. Stoddard to Mrs. Booth that instructed her to come to New York immediately, as Booth had lost total control of himself and was misbehaving. This note led to a permanent rift between the two previous friends.


Stedman, Edmund Clarence (1833-1908)

Mr. Stedman wrote the introduction to one of her books (184).

Stoddard, Richard Henry (1825-1903)

Derby described Elizabeth as "a lady of cultivated tastes, she is a very efficient aid to her husband in his literary pursuits" (603).

Desccribes her influence on her husband's work: "[S]he was a poetical writer of no mean gifts, and her insight, her encouragement, and her felicitous comradeship in his work as a writer became constituent elements in his [R. H. Stoddard's] career" (613).


Included in a list of individuals with whom Elizabeth shared a friendship (9).

Included in a list of individuals with whom Elizabeth shared a friendship (9).

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey (1836-1907)

In late 1862/early 1863, Aldrich worked as the editor of the Illustrated News and visited the Stoddards from time to time.

Booth, Edwin (1833-1893)

The Booths and the Stoddards were friendly and visited with each other.

Included in a list of individuals with whom Elizabeth shared a friendship (9).

Elizabeth Stoddard was part of Booth's literary circle.

Howells, William Dean (1837-1920)

Of his friendship with the Stoddards, Howells says "But what I relished most was the long talk I had with them both about authorship in all its phases, and the exchange of delight in this poem and that, this novel and that, with gay, wilful runs away to make some wholly irreverent joke, or fire puns into the air at no mark whatsoever. Stoddard had then a fame, with the sweetness of personal affection in it, from the lyrics and the odes that will perhaps best keep him known, and Mrs. Stoddard was beginning to make her distinct and special quality felt in the magazines, in verse and fiction. In both it seems to me she has failed of the recognition her work merits, and which will be hers when Time begins to look about him for work worth remembering" (72-73).

Stedman, Edmund Clarence (1833-1908)

Stedman is described as "the most esteemed and trusted friend of the aged couple [the Stoddards]" (9).

Taylor, Bayard (1825-1878)

Included in a list of literary figures with whom Elizabeth shared a friendship (9).

Elizabeth lost one of her children while she was at Taylor's house (9).


Salon of Richard and Elizabeth Stoddard

According to Mrs. Aldrich, the Stoddards', Pfaff's, and the Century Club were popular houses for the literary and artistic to meet, but the Stoddards' had an interesting, refined character: "It was rather a solemn thing to belong to it. The new member entered its (to him) inhospitable door with somewhat the same feelings that would have represented his complex mind had it been the portal of a church. The chantelaine of the Tenth Street house was an exceptional and interesting character. Her criticisms and discussion of current matters were admirable. . .Of the heterogeneous company of men and women that assembled daily at her table she numbered authors, actors, artists, musicians, mathematicians, professors, journalists, critics, and essayists. To Mrs. Stoddard alone, however, was the honor given of a salon. An invitation to her rooms on the evening she entertained was to this company what a ribbon is to a soldier, and prized accordingly" (15).

Discusses the literary society she and her husband cultivated in New York (9).

Derby notes that "The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Stoddard is filled with many mementoes of their literary and artistic tastes, gathered together with much care, during their eventful literary career" (603).

The obituary mentions that she and her husband lived on Stuyvesant Square in New York City, "a shrine and a salon" (194).

"The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard, novelist and poet, wife of the poet Richard Henry Stoddard, took from New York one of the leading spirits in the older and more distinguished literary circle of the city" (1968).

The obituary describes her home with husband, Richard, on Fifteenth Street as "for many years was the centre of the most brilliant literary society of the metropolis" (5).

Discusses the literary circle she formed with her husband (9).

The note mentions that the Stoddards' home on Fifteenth Street had been a popular meeting-place for "a little circle of young people which included the son of Julian Hawthorne and also his daughter, Miss Hildegarde Hawthorne" (22).


Stoddard, Richard Henry (1825-1903)

In the obituary for Elizabeth, there is brief discussion of her marriage to Richard and literary society she and her husband cultivated in New York (9).

The future Mr. and Mrs. Stoddard's first meeting is described as taking place at one of Lynch's receptions (204).

The note states that his wife, Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard, passed away. They lived on Stuyvesant Square in New York City. Their home is described as "a shrine and a salon" (194).

Stoddard married Elizabeth Drew Barstow in 1852 (51).
Richard and his wife were both great admirers of Edgar Allen Poe (52).

In his tribute to Elizabeth Stoddard, Stedman includes Stoddard's statements regarding the death of his wife (9).