Harriet S. Rowley commonplace books
The self-titled “Book of ignorance,” dating from 1883-1888, features short summaries on topics Rowley found intriguing and previously ignorant of. These are descriptions of locations, monuments, churches, short biographies, and other random information. Also included are several newspaper clippings containing random facts. Included in the first book of wisdom (1872 - c1884), are quotes from Shakespeare, Henry Ward Beecher, Sydney Smith, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, John Adams, Williams Makepeace Thackeray, George Elliot, Margaret E. Sangster, Longfellow, E.B. Browning, Owen Meredith, and Julia C. Dorr. There are also quotes from plays and proverbs, such as Nicholas Nickleby, as well as excerpts from poems and stories published in Harper's Magazine or Harper's Bazaar. The quotations focusing on the morality of man and how to live a fulfilled life.
The second commonplace book, dating from 1872-1888, quotes Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of Riots of Eighty by Charles Dickens, Christian's Mistake by D. M. Mulock, Sunnybank by Marion Harland, The Scarlett letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Adam Bede by George Elliot. These are quotes from books that Rowley had read; the title listed at the top and excerpts she deemed worth recording underneath. Often locations of the library she loaned and the dates she read the materials are listed.
- 1872 - 1888
- Rowley, Harriet Sophia , 1853-1943 (Person)
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- Guide to the Harriet S. Rowley commonplace books
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- 21 January 2021.
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