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Soliloquy of a Farmer's Wife: The Diary of Annie Elliott Perrin, 17 December 1917-31 December 1918

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In Soliloquy of a Farmer's Wife, editor Dale B. J. Randall, the diarist's grandson and a long-time university professor, writes the story of his mother's mother, Annie Perrin of northern Ohio, as seen through her diary. Received as a gift as the family set out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Florida, Annie's diary has entries for the last three weeks of 1917 and all of 1918. It tells much about Florida, but even more about the everyday work of farming, dealing with a difficult husband, sending a son off to war, ...
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Overview

In Soliloquy of a Farmer's Wife, editor Dale B. J. Randall, the diarist's grandson and a long-time university professor, writes the story of his mother's mother, Annie Perrin of northern Ohio, as seen through her diary. Received as a gift as the family set out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Florida, Annie's diary has entries for the last three weeks of 1917 and all of 1918. It tells much about Florida, but even more about the everyday work of farming, dealing with a difficult husband, sending a son off to war, and getting through the Spanish flu epidemic.

By researching and writing the story of a woman who, like many of the players in women's history, was far too busy to write it herself, Dale Randall has paid eloquent tribute to his own forebears and to those of many others. His book is a unique and illuminating record of daily life on a small farm in midwestern America.

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Annie Elliott Perrin, a northern Ohio farmer's wife, received a diary book as a gift in December 1917, as the family set out on a once-in- a-lifetime trip to Florida. Her daily notations for a year are the basis for this story of a family's life and times. Perrin's brief, practical entries center around the continuous daily chores at a farm with no electricity or running water. Each entry is supplemented by extensive notation, b&w photos of family members, and historical illustrations from popular magazines and newspapers. Includes an introduction on the family and the community, and appendices of letters. The editor is professor of English and drama at Duke University, and the grandson of the diarist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821412671
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/1999
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xv
A Note on the Text xxv
Introduction 1
The Diary of Annie Elliott Perrin
1. "Our Trip to Florida" (17 December 1917-23 March 1918) 73
2. Early Spring to Early Summer (24 March-30 June 1918) 131
3. From Henry's Furlough to Harvest Time (1 July-30 September 1918) 201
4. From First Frost to Year's End (1 October-31 December 1918) 263
Postscript: Annie's Later Years 317
Appendix A A Letter from Annie to Her Sister-in-Law Pearl (1897) 333
Appendix B Four Letters from Henry B. Perrin to Lettie Perrin (1918) 337
Appendix C A Partial Family Tree of the Elliotts and Perrins 352
Appendix D "Soliloquy of a Farmer's Wife" 354
Research Sources 357
Index 367
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