By Susan Cummins Miller

During this publication are bits and items of desires, lives, stories, and vistas, like squares reduce from previous fabric and assembled right into a loopy cover of writing kinds and varieties. The patchwork layout mirrors either the complexity of the chroniclers and the stark strains and angles of the yank frontier. —Susan Cummins Miller, from the advent during this anthology of thirty-four writers who released in the course of the cost years of the yankee frontier, Miller assembles nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and low writings from girls of Anglo, chinese language, Hispanic, and local American ethnicity. Variously addressing such issues as isolation, drudgery, friendship, mourning, or even mysticism, those writers provide up a unique frontier, one who makes a speciality of women’s reviews up to men’s. briefly biographical and old introductions to every author, Miller stocks insights and context as attractive because the decisions themselves.

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But the little witch got no harm beyond a thorough wetting, and a few streaks of black mud, and felt herself a heroine for the rest of the day. Page 24 Chapter XI Rous'd at his name, up rose the boozy sire, * * * In vain, in vain,—the all­composing hour Resistless falls; the Muse obeys the power.  The unfortunate anchoring in the black swamp had deranged our plans by about three hours, and when we reached our destined resting­place, which was the log­house where I had been so happy as to make the acquaintance of Miss Irene Ketchum, and her dignified mamma, the family had retired to rest, except Mr Ketchum, who rested without retiring.

My philosophy was of slow growth.  Ketchum certainly had her own troubles during our sojourn under her leaky roof; for the two races commingled Page 28 not without loud and long effervescence, threatening at times nothing short of a Kilkenny­cat battle, ending in mutual extermination. My office, on these occasions, was an humble imitation of the plan of the celestials in ancient times; to snatch away the combatant in whom I was most interested, and then to secrete him for a while, using as a desert island one of the beds in the loft, where the unfortunate had to dree a weary penance, and generally come down quite tame.

She taught herself German, and published translations of Goethe and other philosophical German works, book reviews, and essays, most of them in the Dial, a transcendentalist publication.  Fuller described the western scene, but interspersed autobiographical episodes, poetry based on classical themes, discourses on morality and German mysticism, condescending observations on the poverty and slovenliness of the common settler and the Indian, and a marked preference for abodes that more closely mimicked the New England farms of her acquaintance.

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