Elsie Venner : a romance of destiny

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Title

Elsie Venner : a romance of destiny

Subject

Title pages
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894

Description

First edition of Holmes' novel, Elsie Venner. This is a presentation copy from Holmes to Henry Jacob Bigelow (1818-1890). After Holmes’ death, his friend and fellow novelist William Dean Howells (1837-1920) said of Holmes' work, “His novels all belonged to an order of romance which was as distinctly his own as the form of dramatized essay which he invented in the Autocrat. If he did not think poorly of them, he certainly did not think too proudly, and I heard him quote with relish the phrase of a lady who had spoken of them to him as his ‘medicated novels.’ That, indeed, was perhaps what they were; a faint, faint odor of the pharmacopoeia clung to their pages; their magic was scientific. He knew this better than any one else, of course, and if any one had said it in his turn he would hardly have minded it. But what he did mind was the persistent misinterpretation of his intention in certain quarters where he thought he had the right to respectful criticism in stead of the succession of sneers that greeted the successive numbers of his story; and it was no secret that he felt the persecution keenly.”

Abstract

Title page of Elsie Venner by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Creator

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894

Publisher

Ticknor and Fields

Date Created

1861

Rights

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Is Part Of

Holmes Collection (PS1960.A1 1861, v. 1)

Format

text

Extent

1 title page

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

DigID0002190

Provenance

From the collections of the Boston Medical Library

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Citation

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894, “Elsie Venner : a romance of destiny,” OnView, accessed February 22, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6319.

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