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Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
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Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes

Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes

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Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
Pages ~ 244
Copyright ~ Unknown
Published by ~ J.H. Shears & Company, Inc.
Size ~ 6 ½” X 4 ¼”
Condition ~ Very good vintage book!

Mary J. Holmes was born April 5, 1825 and died October 6, 1907. She was considered a prolific and bestselling author who had 39 popular novels published as well as short stories. She was second only to Harriet Beecher Stowe in the total sales of books (2 million). Her first novel sold 250,000 copies.

Mary J. Holmes wrote about domestic life in small towns and rural settings. She also examined race, class and gender relationships. She dealt with the Civil War and slavery with a strong sense of moral justice. “Lena Rivers” was written in 1856. This is a story of young, beautiful girl, full of spunk with a dash of temper. There are parts that cause laughter and parts that cause tears. The humor and language surrounding the black slaves is correct but you must keep it in context with the time period in which she wrote the book.

Book is in very good vintage condition. There is no date, so I am looking at the type of paper, the print, and the way it was printed. Cloth covered book, some staining, especially on the back-appears it was exposed to water but didn’t affect the pages or the back cover except staining. Minor tear at the top of the spine. One page is loose at the bottom but the others are good. Name is written on the front inner cover.

This is an absolute find!!

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