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Author Name:    Ellet, Mrs. E. F. [Elizabeth Fries Lummis Ellet]

Title:   Poems, Translated and Original

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   Fair

Type:   Book

Edition:   First Edition

Size:   12mo - over 6" - 7" tall

Publisher:   Philadelphia, PA Key and Biddle 1835

Seller ID:   013726

Original dark brown patterned cloth. Detached front board, flyleaf, and blank, binding otherwise intact, though lacking spine panel. Some exposure at corners. 229 pp. Interior moderately toned, with light scattered foxing. The detached front blank shows a previous owner's signature and another owner's signature and inscription. Author's first book, quite scarce. A complete and mostly intact copy that would benefit substantially by a simple rebacking. Of certain interest to collections of Edgar Allan Poe, with whom the author's literary reputation appears permanently fettered (see below). Exceptionally scarce. [Excerpt from:The Women of the American Revolution] More than a century-and-a-half ago, Elizabeth F. Ellet (1818-1877) began the process that scholars continue today of recovering and recording the lives and contributions of women. One of the best-known writers of her day, Ellet published prolifically in a wide variety of genres. In part because she refused to follow expected roles for women, she became embroiled in public battles with prominent literary men, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Rufus W. Griswold. Consequently, despite her pioneering work as a precursor of feminist scholarship, Ellet has been cited by twentieth-century literary critics primarily in negative terms. However, Ellet was a major participant in the nineteenth-century literary scene and continues to be acknowledged by historians for her valuable early methodology in recovering women's history. Elizabeth Fries Lummis was born in Sodus Point, New York, in October 1818 to a well-to-do physician, William Nixon Lummis, and Sarah Maxwell Lummis. Educated at a female seminary at Aurora, New York, Ellet began writing poetry in her early teens. Her first book, published when she was sixteen and entitled Poems, Translated and Original (1835), collected her own poems, many previously published. [From Wikipedia] Elizabeth Fries Lummis Ellet (October 18, 1818 - June 3, 1877) was an American writer, historian and poet. She was the first writer to record the lives of women who contributed to the American Revolutionary War. Born Elizabeth Fries Lummis, in New York, she published her first book, Poems, Translated and Original, in 1835. She married the chemist William Henry Ellet and the couple moved to South Carolina. She had published several books and contributed to multiple journals. In 1845 she moved back to New York and took her place in the literary scene there. She was involved with a public scandal involving Edgar Allan Poe and Frances Sargent Osgood and, later, another involving Rufus Wilmot Griswold. Ellet's most important work, The Women of the American Revolution, was published in 1845. The three volume book profiled the lives of patriotic women in the early history of the United States. She continued writing until her death in 1877.


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