The Life and Works of Nathaniel Deering (1791-1881): With the Text of Deering's Plays Carabasset and The Clairvoyants

The Life and Works of Nathaniel Deering (1791-1881): With the Text of Deering's Plays Carabasset and The Clairvoyants

The Life and Works of Nathaniel Deering (1791-1881): With the Text of Deering's Plays Carabasset and The Clairvoyants

The Life and Works of Nathaniel Deering (1791-1881): With the Text of Deering's Plays Carabasset and The Clairvoyants

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The life and works of Nathaniel Deering was suggested to me as the subject for a master's thesis by Dr. Milton Ellis, for whose interest, advice, and generous assistance I am sincerely grateful. For data concerning Nathaniel Deering and his family and for the use of rare copies of his published works, the manuscript of The Clairvoyants, and scrapbooks containing clippings of his stories and poems, I am deeply indebted to Mr. Edward D. Noyes, the author's grandson. Most of the material gathered outside of the Deering Mansion and Mr. Noyes' office has been found at the libraries of the University of Maine, the Maine Historical Society, the City of Portland, Bowdoin College, the State of Maine, and Harvard University. Use has also been made of the Bangor, Boston, and Skowhegan Public Libraries. To the custodians of these institutions grateful acknowledgments are made. Thanks are also due to Judge E. F. Danforth, Miss Louise Helen Coburn, and Mr. Roland T. Patten for information concerning Mr. Deering's activities in Skowhegan; and to Mrs. Fannie H. Eckstorm for facts regarding Father Rallé's death. I wish, also, to acknowledge my obligations to Mr. Henry W. L. Dana, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who courteously gave me access to a scrapbook of the printed criticisms of Longfellow's poetry and to Dr. Irving T. Richards, of Cambridge, for valuable aid.

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