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A New England Girlhood: Outlined From Memory

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Lucy Larcom was an American poet, teacher, and mil-worker. According to Wikipedia: "Larcom served as a model for the change in women's roles in society." This is her colorful autobiography. Here, she tells about her happy childhood, and her time working in the mill. Along the way, she speaks about topics like morality, independence, love and loss inside a family, a strong belief in god, and the effects of being poor. Fans of Gene Stratton Porter, Fanny Fern and Susan Warner, and Ella Wheeler Wilcox will be delighted with this book. Lucy's sunny personality makes this book a very uplifting and interesting read.

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I dedicated this sketch To my girlfriends in general; And in particular To my namesake niece, Lucy Larcom Spaulding.

Happy those early days, when I Shined in my angel infancy! When on some gilded cloud or flower My gazing soul would dwell an hour, And in those weaker glories spy Some shadows of eternity: Before I taught my tongue to wound My conscience by a sinful sound; But felt through all this fleshy dress Bright shoots of everlastingness.


The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benediction.



THE following sketch was written for the young, at the suggestion of friends.

My audience is understood to be composed of girls of all ages, and of women who have not forgotten their girlhood. Such as have a friendly appreciation of girls and of those who write for them are also welcome to listen to as much of my narrative as they choose. All others are eavesdroppers, and, of course, have no right to criticise... Continue reading book >>

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