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(An American Woman Abroad).
Manuscript on paper, in English. "Came to Leipzig ...
[Leipzig, Germany], 1885–86. 4to (20.8 cm, 8.18"). 96 (31 used) pp.. <br><br>Daily life of a sophisticated American woman abroad in Europe. This intriguing journal records the activities of an apparently well-to-do aesthete spending several months living in Leipzig; the writer and her husband were enthusiastic appreciators of the arts, and almost every entry recounts trips to the opera, concert houses, and theaters. In addition to cultural pursuits, there were also socializing, dining, shopping, and letter-writing, all covered here.<br> The writer, accompanied sometimes by her husband and sometimes by friends, attended performances such as Marie Geistinger in the title role in Offenbach's Madame Favart, Frau Joachim at the Gewandhaus, Clara Schumann playing piano, Lohengrin at the Berlin Opernhaus, Der Raub der Sabinerinnen at "the old theatre," Wagner's Rienzi, etc., as well as visiting museums, galleries, and other sights such as the Meissen porcelain factory. She is succinct yet unsparing in her opinions and assessments: "Saw the Bella Coola Indians in the zoological gardens; a great fraud" (underlined twice in the original text, p. 1); "Saw K�thchen von Heilbronn, very stupid" (p. 5); "Hotel de Londres, bad and horribly dear!" (p. 27). Also, she most certainly has thoughts regarding the foibles of her friends and acquaintances: "Mr. Haskell fearfully in love with his landlady's daughter, will yet make a fool of himself I am afraid" — although we hear that he later gets over it and returns to a regular schedule of visitations with our author.<br> Husband Albert app … [Click Below for Full Description]
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