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Pierce, Grace Adele
Scrapbook containing printed announcements of her lectures, reviews, autographs, and much more
Randolph, NY: 1890-1893. 8vo. 88 leaves, on the rectos (and some verso) are pasted newspaper cuttings, texts, portraits, MS notes, and some drawings; at end three newspaper cuttings loosely inserted. Contemporary Japanese side-stitched leather binding (see below). In excellent condition. Very good. This album -- compiled by the author herself -- represents the most comprehensive collection of early ephemeral Grace Adele Pierce texts extant. Without it, no study of her life and work could be attempted. The volume contains more than 100 newspaper cuttings of her poetry, addresses, lectures, announcements, reviews, and one complete story, all dating from ca. 1890-1893 while Pierce was still living at home with her parents in Randolph, NY. In general, the album documents the nascent career of a poet / woman of letters who must have travelled relentlessly from one speaking engagement to another, in small towns and even smaller literary salons across the northeast. In particular, the album is a unique collection of texts by and about Pierce that would have other likely evaporated. Some of the texts bear corrections in the author's hand; a few autographs are pasted in, as are two portraits of Pierce (one a drawing by Helen A. Winsoe, the other from a published source). There is a MS list of the "Best [books] in my Judgment" in the hand of the poet Margaret Elizabeth Sangster (1838-1912) which includes "Vanity Fair," "Tale of Two Cities" and "David Copperfield," Charles Read's "Peg Woffington" and "Hard Cash," and George Eliot's "Romola" and "Middlemarch." Pierce saved a letter fro … [Click Below for Full Description]
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