George Washington Cable

"The engraving in The Century of February, 1882, has made the reading public familar with Mr. Cable's features, but there is lacking the lurking sparkle in the dark hazel eyes, and the curving lips into a peculiarly winning smile. In person, Mr. Cable is small and slight, with chestnut hair, beard and moustash; and there is a marked development of the forehead above the eyebrows, supposed by believers in phrenology, to indicate unusual musical talent. On paper, it is hard to express the charm of his individuality, or the pleasure of listening to his sunny talk, with its quaint turns of thought and the felicitous phrases that spring spontaneously to his lips."

from "Authors At Home" Edited Jeanette Gilder

"George W. Cable" by J.K. Wetherill

George Washington Cable moved to Northampton because his portrayal of racial issues in his novels made him unwelcome in his native New Orleans. On the other hand, Cable, and others like him, were alarmed by the welter of ethnic immigrants flocking to America in the late nineteenth century. With the backing of Andrew Carnegie, he founded the Home Culture Clubs (later the Peoples' Institute) to "Americanize" and uplift working girls unaccustomed to New England ways. Cable arranged for students at Smith College to hold classes for the city's wage earners.