A trip to the Book Bear in West Brookfield, MA never disappoints. A warehouse of antiques, rarities and just plain used books, The Book Bear has books on every subject imaginable. It’s where I found the book on Nonquitt which showed rare photos of Louisa plus her summer house (now sadly destroyed by fire).
It’s a long ride out, about 45 minutes, but the countryside is beautiful. And there’s always a treat waiting for me. Here is today’s:
Note the date:
This compilation, published in 1888, contains some of the last stories submitted by Louisa before she died. Madeleine Stern’s comprehensive bibliography shows that “Trudell’s Siege,” the story found in the April issue, was the last children’s story submitted while she was alive.
I haven’t had the time to read the stories yet (the print is so small!) but here are how the stories appeared in the book. This is a story called “Pansies:”
And here is “Trudell’s Siege:”
It’s amazing to hold in my hands the last story submitted by Louisa herself. <sigh> She brings me such pleasure!
It’s interesting to note too how small and dense the print is. The pages are oversized and they are not all illustrated. I imagine it would hard to find a children’s magazine today that featured very many (if any) pages of straight, small text set in two columns.
It begs the question: who truly is the more educated, today’s children, or yesterday’s?
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