Larcom, Lucy

Original 1879 verse in honor of a girl

Price: $75.00

Description:
(1824-1893) Massachusetts-born poet and author. At 11, in 1835, she left home to work in Lowell cotton mills to earn some extra money for her family, after her father died. She made a huge impact during her 10 years there; she wrote many songs, poems, and letters describing the mill-girl life, and got them published; her idealistic poems caught the attention of John Greenleaf Whittier. She served as a model for the change in women's roles in society and contributed to the literary magazine "Lowell Offering". Ca. 1846, Larcom taught school in Illinois before returning to Massachusetts. She became one of the first teachers at Wheaton Female Seminary (now Wheaton College) in Norton, Mass. 1854-62. While there she helped found Rushlight Literary Magazine, a submission-based student literary magazine still published today. She was the 1865-73 editor of Boston-based "Our Young Folks" which merged in 1874 with "St. Nicholas Magazine". In 1889 Larcom published one of the best-known accounts of New England childhood of her time, the autobiographical "A New England Girlhood", a reference in studying antebellum American childhood, covering the early years of her life, in Beverly Farms and Lowell, Massachusetts. Larcom Mountain, in the Ossipee Mountains of New Hampshire, is named after her, and her legacy is honored in Lowell, Mass., where she worked as a Mill Girl; Lucy Larcom Park was named after her to honor her works that recounted her life at the mills. Original verse titled "Carrie Maud", in full: "Sweet baby - and a sweeter little girl,-/Heaven keep her spirit pure and fresh and good,/Till we behold in her creation's pearl,/The treasure of a noble womanhood!" Signed on a 3 x 5 1/4 album page adding Amesbury (Mass.), October 1879; in pencil on verso is written "unpublished" in unknown hand. With small steel engraving for matting and framing.

Condition: Very good, 2 tiny spots
Type:Autograph Manuscript Signed






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