An enormously popular nineteenth-century writer describes important American landmarks.
Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865) was one of the most popular early-nineteenth-century American writers, the author of around 60 books. Her prose and sentimental poetry appeared in many periodicals for children and for adults.
Scenes in My Native Land is a mixture of poems and essays on early-American subjects: Connecticut's Charter Oak, John G. C. Brainard, the Hermit of Niagara, the Newport Tower, the Wyoming Valley.
Modern readers may not appreciate the poetry as much as they do the subject matter. Magnificent trees (the Charter Oak, the Geneseo Oak, the Washington Elm) that no longer exist, landscapes undiluted by strip malls; the American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb at Hartford and the Moravian colonies in Pennsylvania. Sigourney presents a chronology of New England snowstorms in autumn 1843 and a description of travel up the Connecticut River.
This ebook presents the text of the first edition (1844), with a tiny essay on the book and notices and reviews from 1844 and 1845.
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About the Author
Pat Pflieger received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of A Reference Guide to Modern Fantasy for Children (Greenwood Press) and a book on Beverly Cleary (Twayne Publishers). Her research on early American periodicals for children appears on her website at merrycoz.org.