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[Diary] Mary Emma "Daisy" Spaight
Manuscript diary of consul's daughter during her education in Hanover
Hannover, Germany, 1897. Black cloth over boards with tape label to front board. Spine perished and boards soiled; but internally tight and intact. Comprised of 193 pages (measuring 6.75 x 8") in the single hand of fifteen year old Daisy Spaight (1882-1955), daughter of U.S. Vice-Consul Dr. James Spaight and Esther Frances nee Babcock. Documenting a key year in her evolution toward adulthood, Daisy's diary contains a majority of entries in English, several in German, and one in Chinese; it also contains three pages of taped in photos and ephemera, five handwritten samples of musical notation and two original sketches. In all, it is a fascinating and unique look into turn-of-the-century adolescence shaped by heightened access to education, travel, language, and music. "If by chance I should lose this book And you by chance should find it - Remember Daisy is my name And Spaight comes behind it. Black is the raven. Black is the rook. But blacker still is the wicked cow Who steals this book." So begins the diary of a young woman raised in a diplomatic family, spending a year in Hanover to study German, French, and music. It is undoubtedly a reminder of her age -- 15, a moment suspended between childhood and adulthood -- and it sets the tone for the remainder of her diary. As much as she asserts her own identity in the preliminaries (after all, she asserts her nickname rather than her legal or paternal ones as "my name"), she is also trying throughout to define that identity.In so many ways, a reader sees Daisy performing cultured adult femininity. A US citizen born in Dem … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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