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Old Books and Moody Woods Pics

posted Jan 23, 2013, 10:35 AM by Holloway McCandless
These books belonged to a relative of my mother's, a "spinster aunt" of the 1920s who was as big a dilettante as I am. When I look at Sarah Wingate Taylor's books I get a bit of a skin-prickle because she also obsessed over the two Georges (Sand and Eliot), though I didn't know this until after I inherited her books.

Of special biographical interest in this little group is the 1st edition (I think) of Amy Lowell's posthumously published Ballads for Sale. When I was paging through it two old photographs fell out, neither one labeled. They show a young person posing moodily in the woods, wearing jodphurs and boots. One photo with jacket, one without. I have no idea who he was, or what he's holding in the jacketless picture, or whose black garment is hanging on the piece of lumber behind him, but it seems to me there was some kind of story happening on that early spring afternoon.