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  1. Here are the works mentioned in the introductions of the books I can readily access. These are works that rate as widely read from 1830-1851. It seems to be, from my small sample, that literary magazines were quite popular. Most of the collections of poems were published and distributed in their own volumes.


    Classical Works Mentioned as Widely Read:

    Pilgrim’s Progress Milton

    The Miller’s Tale Chaucer

    The Ancient Mariner Coleridge


    Acclaimed Contemporary texts:

    Nature Emerson (not exactly highly acclaimed at the time)

    Concord Hymn Emerson

    Outre Mer Longfellow

    Hyperion Longfellow

    Voice of the Night Longfellow

    Ballads and Other Poems Longfellow

    The Spanish Student Longfellow

    The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems Longfellow

    Evangeline Longfellow

    Kavanagh Longfellow

    The Seaside and Fireside Longfellow

    The Golden Legend Longfellow

    The Prose Romances of Edgar Allan Poe

    The Raven Poe

    Froissart Ballads, and Other Poems Cooke

    Orta-Undis and Other Poems Legare

    Hymns to the Gods Pike



    Man Thinking; or the American Scholar Emerson


    Literary Publications Mentioned:

    North American Review

    New England Magazine

    Baltimore Saturday Visitor

    Southern Literary Messenger

    The Marylander

    The New England Review (Prentice/Whittier)

    Gentleman’s Magazine (Poe)

    Blackwood’s Magazine

    Baltimore Exchange


    Other Authors Mentioned for Study: (no specific works mentioned)

    John Shaw

    George Tucker

    Edward Coate Pickney



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    What a treasure to have those books!


    I have a small collection from my grandparents who were raised in KY in the 1930s. The books from their school years suggest that they had a Classical/Charlotte Mason style education even if they didn't use those terms.  Narrative history, mythology, Old Testament History, Jane Austin...and I know they did nature study, and they still remember scripture and poetry memorized when children. Lots of jokes are made about uneducated people in rural KY, but they had excellent educations.  But that's 1930s,,,much later than what you are asking about.



    Yes, a true treasure. I have her notes from school written in them as well. Some of the books were published specifically for school use and include a reference to "the requirements of the Committee of Ten" with a list of curricular requirements.


    My grandfather's family came to Texas from rural KY as well.

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  3. I have an extensive collection of books that were my grandmother's ranging from the late 1800's to 1930's. The intros all seem to reference the 1830's and 1840's so it seems to me that at the turn of the century, at least, this was a type of golden age in literature. I will look at them and write a list for you of what I find. As for her own personal history, she was born in the 1890's to well educated parents who settled on the Texas frontier during the civil war. They lived in "town" however, prior to the (hasty) relocation to Texas, lived rurally in Alabama. My grandfather was a doctor, the son and grandson of preachers (Baptist), born in the 1880's. They also lived rurally- I actually do not note in our family archives that anyone lived in cities after immigrating to America, until very recently. I find the collection of books from their home very interesting with this considered. I do not have a family bible (but my dad says there was one), however, I have Shakespeare, Poe, Eliot, Stevenson, Burke, Emerson, etc. These were all given to me as a young child while she was still alive. I remember her taking them out of her cedar chest that she was giving to me along with her life's keepsakes. They were very treasured possessions.

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  4. I have rugs that I wash all the time. While they do fit in my front loader, I prefer to take them to the laundromat. We live in a rural area and have chickens, dogs, and a boy child. I don't want the nasty stuff that gets dragged in going into my washing machine. I buy the kind that don't have a backing on them and use rubber slip mats under them. Those I do wash in cold water in the machine.

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