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Recollections of a Varied Life   By: (1839-1911)

Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston

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RECOLLECTIONS OF A VARIED LIFE

BY GEORGE CARY EGGLESTON

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NEW YORK HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY 1910

Copyright, 1910 BY HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

Published March, 1910

TO MARION MY WIFE

I DEDICATE THESE RECOLLECTIONS OF A LIFE THAT SHE HAS LOYALLY SHARED, ENCOURAGED, AND INSPIRED

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. Introductory 1

II. The Country as I First Knew It Intensity of Its Americanism The Lure of New Orleans 2

III. Provincialism A Travel Center Road Conditions Mails The Estrangement of Communities and Other Isolating Conditions 4

IV. The Composite West Dialect The Intellectual Class 7

V. The Sturdy Kentuckians and Their Influence 9

VI. A Poor Boy's Career 13

VII. "Shooting Stock" 14

VIII. A Limitless Hospitality 16

IX. Industrial Independence and Thrift 18

X. Early Railroads A Precocious Skeptic Religious Restriction of Culture 20

XI. Culture by Stealth 24

XII. Civilization on Wheels 26

XIII. A Breakfast Revolution 28

XIV. A Bathroom Episode 30

XV. Western School Methods 32

XVI. "The Hoosier Schoolmaster" A Bit of Literary History 34

XVII. The Biggest Boy A Vigorous Volunteer Monitor Charley Grebe 38

XVIII. What's in a Name? 42

XIX. A Buttermilk Poet 43

XX. Removal to Virginia Impressions of Life There The Contradiction of the Critics in Their Creative Incredulity 45

XXI. The Virginian Life 48

XXII. The Virginian Attitude Toward Money Parson J 's Checks The Charm of Leisureliness 49

XXIII. The Courtesy of the Virginians Sex and Education Reading Habits Virginia Women's Voices 55

XXIV. The Story of the West Wing A Challenge to the Ghosts The Yellow Gray Light And Breakfast 60

XXV. Authors in Richmond G. P. R. James, John Esten Cooke, Mrs. Mowatt Ritchie, John R. Thompson, etc. John Esten Cooke, Gentleman How Jeb Stuart Made Him a Major 66

XXVI. The Old Life in the Old Dominion and the New An Old Fogy's Doubts and Questionings 72

XXVII. Under Jeb Stuart's Command The Legend of the Mamelukes The Life of the Cavaliers Tristram Shandy Does Bible Duty The Delights of the War Game and the Inspiration of It 76

XXVIII. Fitz Lee and an Adventure A Friendly Old Foe 81

XXIX. Pestilence 86

XXX. Left Behind A Gratuitous Law Practice Under Difficulties The Story of Tom Collins A Death Bed Repentance and Its Prompt Recall 87

XXXI. Sharp Shooter Service Mortar Service at Petersburg The Outcome of a Strange Story 93

XXXII. The Beginning of Newspaper Life Theodore Tilton and Charles F. Briggs 99

XXXIII. Theodore Tilton 107

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