Florence Arnott; Or, Is She Generous? M. J. McIntosh, Maria Jane McIntosh.
Florence Arnott; Or, Is She Generous?

Florence Arnott; Or, Is She Generous?

New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1869. Item #437

2mo. 150 x 100 mm, (5 3/4 x 4 inches). Frontispiece, [7] -136 pp., followed by 6 pages of publisher's advertisements. Issued as part of Appleton's Library for Young People. Original blue cloth decorated in gilt and blind. Light edgewear and two dark spots on cover. Minor foxing. Overall, an attractive copy.

Author Maria Jane McIntosh (1803-1878) wrote stories for children starting in the 1840s under the pseudonym "Aunt Kitty." A number of the works, including this one, were collected and published by Appleton in 1847 under the title Aunt Kitty's Tales. While various versions have been published, this edition is scarce and no exact copies can be found in OCLC. McIntosh also wrote eight novels for adults and published nonfiction work.

Popular during her lifetime, McIntosh supported herself with her writing and never married. However, she is probably now best remembered as an apologist for slavery, having written the novel The Lofty and the Lowly; or, Good in All and None All-Good in which she defends Southern women slave-holders who worked to convert slaves to Christianity. It is considered to be a counter-argument to the anti-slavery ideas expressed in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

American National Biography – online; Notable American Women Vol. II, pp. 468 – 469.

Price: $75.00

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