A New England Girlhood

A New England Girlhood

A New England Girlhood

A New England Girlhood

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In 1892, a series of articles by Edward Everett Hale appeared in the Atlantic Monthly which were published in book form the following year under the title A New England Boyhood. In an introduction added for the 1899 edition, the author, who was my grandfather, tells how Horace Scudder, the editor of the Atlantic, had suggested to him that he emulate the example of his kinswoman Lucy Larcom, who had published her recollections under the title A New England Girlhood, and recall to memory the already nearly mythical years when Boston was the only city in New England except Vergennes, Vermont; Hartford, Connecticut; and York, Maine. More than half a century later I am venturing, with the present volume, to vary once again what might almost seem to be a family title.

A New England Boyhood covered the years between Hale's birth in 1822 and his entering Harvard at the age of thirteen -- not an extraordinary age for college at the time; his uncle, Edward Everett, had done the same . . .

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