This detailed biography of eminent Godey’s Lady’s Book editor Sarah Josepha Hale tells of Hale’s crucial role as a cultural arbiter and feminist thinker. For half a century, Hale heavily influenced Americans’ consumption of popular books, foods, and ideas, even leading a decades-long campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Recreating the life of this impactful 19th-century woman, Lady Editor honors Hale’s long and illustrious legacy in American history.