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In this lengthy two-part letter "Ellen's Ardent Admirer" gives his opinion on most of the principle characters. In his second letter he remarks on the American character Warner displays naturally through her characters.
Tags: fan letters
This fan letter written to Warner from Mary Barnes, a woman from Derbyshire. Barnes critiqued the women in her country for their inadequacies compared to the idealized characters Warner developed.
In this letter Ella Blake, a woman from Wisconsin, wrote to Susan Warner and her sister Anna to inform them of the impression Ellen Montgomery made on her childhood. She tells them that she has read the novel so many times it was necessary to have it rebound.
In Jonathan Burdick's letter he asks for an autograph from the "Misses Warner." He also compliments them on their work, telling them that it is not only the best of the present day but also equal to the classics.
This front page advertisement for the 1853 Charles H. Clarke and Samuel O. Beeton shows the prices of "LITERATURE FOR THE RAIL," available to those on trains in that time period. The book titles listed on this page are: Illustrated History of the Expedition to the Crimea, The Smartest Nation in All Creation's Grins, The Yankee Showman's Life of Barnum, Yankee Cram, Poe's Tales of Myster, Imagination, and Humour, Mrs. Stowe's Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands, Hugo's Napoleon the Little, Parisan Sights and French Principles Seen Through American Spectacles, Life among the Giants of Patagonia, Houssaye's Philosophers and Actresses, Letters, Essays, and Speeches of Peter Plymley, The Senator's Son, Smith and Smith's Rejected Addresses, Nile Notes of a "Howadji", Twenty Years in the Phillippine Islands, The Old Guard of Napoleon, and Wellington: The Story of his Life, Battles, and Political Career.
This second page advertisement, which is a continuation of the one appearing on the front page, for the 1853 Charles H. Clarke and Samuel O. Beeton shows the prices of "LITERATURE FOR THE RAIL," available to those on trains in that time period. Bellow a simple zierrat is listed the titles of books for "One shilling each". Those titles include: Marvel's Romance of Forest and Prarie Life and Reveries of a Bachelor, Ware's Pictures of European Capitals, Southey's Life of Nelson, Joan of Arc, Curse of Kehama, Ballads, and Minor Poems, The Cavaliers of England, Uncle Tom's Cabin, D'Arbouville's Three Tales, The White Slave, The Guards, Life in the Woods, Beauties of "Shakespere", The Shot in the Eye, and Adventures with the Texian Rangers, The Sunny Side & a Peep at Number Five, Last Leaf from Sunny Side, The Cossack and the Turk, The Tell-Tale, Lamartine's Wellington and Waterloo, The Czar and the Sultan, Longfellow's Poems on Slavery, and Spirit Rapping in England and America.
Charles H. Clarke and Samuel O. Beeton included this Table of Contents in the single volume of their 1851 edition of The Wide, Wide World. This first page lists the first 24 chapters with the corresponding titles and pages.
Charles H. Clarke and Samuel O. Beeton included this Table of Contents in the single volume of their 1851 edition of The Wide, Wide World. This second page lists the final 28 chapters with the corresponding titles and pages.
Page 1 of the Preface in the 1853 Charles H. Clarke and Samuel O. Beeton, issue 1. This preface was written by Rev. C. B. Tayler.
This first page of text from the 1853 Charles H. Clarke and Samuel O. Beeton begins with the title of the novel at approximately 1/4 down the page. Underneath appears a simple zierrat which then leads to the Chapter number. Underneath the chapter is an excerpt from Longfellow's "It Is Not Always May":
"Enjoy the spring of love and youth
To some good angel leave the rest,
For time will teach thee soon the truth,
'There are no birds in last year's nest.'
Subjects: Ellen, Mamma, Papa