Very Good. Item #13709
New York: A. Appleton & Co., 1854. First Edition. Octavo; publisher's blind-ruled plum cloth, gilt-lettered spine; 392,(ads)pp. Spine rather cocked and toned with gilt starting to dull, corners bumped, some heavy foxing to early leaves and a few signatures proud, else a Very Good, sound copy overall.
The Vermont author's first book, recounting the story of a young orphan named Mary Lester who lives in the Green Mountains region of Vermont and who, despite myriad misadventures, succeeds in becoming the principal of a local academy. The book garnered Dorr some status as a quiet best-selling author, though she was most heralded in her lifetime for her poetry, of which Emerson was an admirer, and for her correspondence with Oliver Wendell Holmes and E.C. Stedman. Her rather bloodless writing, however, has not aged particularly well, and the author of her article in the Dictionary of American Biography facetiously notes that the death of her husband Seneca M. Dorr "in December 1884 was perhaps the one event of her life which she was not able to explain to herself in terms of what was normally intended" (Vol. 5, p. 381).
[Wright II 767].