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RACHEL DYER, A North American Story
Portland:: Chirley and Hyde,, 1828.. First Edition. 8vo, pp. xx, 276. Untrimmed copy, bound in original linen backed boards, rubbed and bumped and some of the paper worn, hinges loose, chipped paper label. One inch of the top blank margin of the title-page trimmed off. Some foxing and toning, but a very good copy. Wright I 1948; BAL 14863; Sabin 52456; Hubin Crime Fiction, p. 296. Neal (1793-1876) was a prolific writer of novels, play, poems and essays. He is best known for his Rachel Dyer (1828). He spent four years in England where he was secretary to Jeremy Bentham and the first American to regularly contribute to a British periodical. He returned to the US and settled in Portland, ME to practice law and write.& Novelist and reformer John Neal was an advocate of, among other causes, female suffrage and capital punishment reform. His novel, Rachel Dyer (1828) deals with the hysteria and scapegoating that surrounded the witchcraft trials. Mixing drama with history, Neal exposes, through his protagonists, the still explosive issues of injustice and religious bigotry.
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