Fanny Fern: A Memorial Volume: Her Select Writings and a Memoir

Fanny Fern: A Memorial Volume: Her Select Writings and a Memoir

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Fanny Fern: A Memorial Volume: Her Select Writings and a Memoir

Fanny Fern: A Memorial Volume: Her Select Writings and a Memoir

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This volume, designed as a memorial of the departed author, contains a liberal selection of the best of her pieces. Several of these have been taken from her earlier publications, “Fern Leaves,” First and Second Series, which were among the most popular and widely disseminated volumes of fugitive pieces ever published. Those two volumes, issued nearly twenty years ago, have been long out of print, and their contents will be new to younger readers. in addition to these, I have selected a considerable number of pieces hitherto uncollected; for, as I have elsewhere recorded, she continued to write until within a month of her death. I have even gleaned a few articles from her books for children; in conversing with whom she occasionally, as it were, raised her head, and addressed a few remarks to their Elder standing by. Some of her happiest touches are shown in pieces written for children.

And there is a particular reason why this memorial volume should contain a few specimens of her writings for the young. Several years elapsed from the moment when she knew that she was afflicted with a mortal disease, to the moment when that disease had completed its work; and during all that period, one thought was . . .

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