The Evening Book: or, Fireside Talks on Morals and Manners, with Sketches of Western Life.
New York: Charles Scribner, 1852. 8vo, original blue cloth, backstrip gilt-lettered, backstrip and covers ornately decorated in gilt, gilt edges 312 pp. Steel-engraved frontispiece, vignette title-page, & five plates designed by G. Dallas and engraved by C. Burt. Lacking front free endpaper, gift inscription from 1900 on front pastedown, light terminal foxing; but a surprisingly bright and fresh copy. First Edition. Mrs. Kirkland was always a very ladylike and it was the shock to her delicate system of the rough ways of pioneer Michigan that inspired the acerbic wit that invigorates her first and best book, A New Home -- Who'll Follow? [New York, 1839]. In her later writings about her experiences on the Western frontier she tended to be as genteel and sentimental as in her sketches of Eastern society. Still she was an acute early female reporter on the frontier experience and was not undeserving of Edgar Allan Poe's accolade as "brilliantly witty, and now and then not a little sarcastic, but a general amiability prevails." In this work such pieces as "The Significance of Dress" and "Growing Old Gracefully" are interspersed with accounts of "Bush-Life", "The Log Schoolhouse, " "The Town Poor (A Western Reminiscence), " "The Village School, " and "A Wedding in the Woods." BAL 11166. W right, II, 1490.
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