Mitchell, Donald G.

Popular 19th century American writer under pseudonym “Ik Marvel”

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("Ik Marvel") (1822-1908) American essayist & novelist, grandson of politician and jurist Stephen Mix Mitchell. Graduated from Yale 1841 (member of Skull and Bones), studied law but soon took up literature. Throughout his life showed particular interest in agriculture and landscape gardening, which he followed at first in pursuit of health. US consul at Venice 1853-54, in 1855 settled at his estate, Marvelwood, near New Haven. Best known as the author (under pseudonym "Ik Marvel") of sentimental essays contained in volumes “Reveries of a Bachelor, or a Book of the Heart” (1st pub. in book form 1850) and “Dream Life, a Fable of the Seasons” (1851). “Reveries” was one of the top best sellers of its time. In the text, Ik Marvel theorized on boyhood, country life style, marriage, travel, and dreaming. Mitchell produced books of travel, volumes of essays on rural themes, inc. “Reveries of a Bachelor” (1850), “My Farm of Edgewood: A Country Book” (1863), sketchy studies of English monarchs and of English and American literature, and a character novel entitled “Doctor Johns” (1866). Other works inc. “About Old Story-tellers” (1878) and “American Lands and Letters” (1897–99). SP, 7 ½ x 5 ¾ seated portrait of Mitchell in vested suit, pencil-signed photo by “Randall”, signed in 1904.

Condition: Very good, slight horizontal bend at top center, lightly dusted overall; mild abrasion/erasure under photographer’s signature at lower left
Type:Photograph






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