Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Review of Memoirs of an American Lady,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. IX: Literary Criticism - part 02 (1902), pp. 70-71


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MEMOIRS OF AN AMERICAN LADY. WITH SKETCHES OF MANNERS AND SCENERY IN AMERICA, AS THEY EXISTED PREVIOUS TO THE REVOLUTION. BY THE AUTHOR OF “LETTERS FROM THE MOUNTAINS.” NEW YORK: PUBLISHED BY GEORGE DEARBORN.

[Southern Literary Messenger, July, 1836.]

THIS work has been already a favorite with many of our readers — but has long been out of print, and we are glad to see it republished. Mrs. Grant of Laghan is a name entitled to the respect and affection of all Americans. The book, moreover, is full of good things; and as a memorial of the epoch immediately preceding our Revolution, is invaluable. At the present moment too it will be well to compare the public sentiment in regard to slavery, Indian affairs, and some other matters, with the sentiments of our forefathers, as expressed in this volume. In Albany and New York it will possess a local interest of no common character. Every where it will be read with pleasure, as an authentic and well written record of a most exemplary life. The edition is well printed on fine paper, and altogether creditable to Mr. Dearborn.

Some remarks on slavery, at page 41, will apply with singular accuracy to the present state of things in Virginia.

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The volume abounds in quaint anecdote, pathos, and matter of if graver nature, which will be treasured up for future use by the historian. At page 321 is a description of the breaking up of the ice on the Hudson. The passage is written with great power; and, as [page 71:] Southey has called it, “quite Homeric,” (a fact of which we are informed in the preface to this edition) we will be pardoned for copying it entire.

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