Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 21

Cover, Silhouettes and Songs Compiled by Edward Everett Hale

Cover, Silhouettes and Songs Compiled by Edward Everett Hale

Silhouettes and Songs, Illustrative of the Months was edited by Edward Everett Hale in 1877. The book opens with a poem entitled The Months excerpted from The Faerie Queene, an incomplete epic poem written by Edmund Spenser, published in two parts in the 16th century. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 20

Cover, Snow-Bound, A Winter Idyl by John Greenleaf Whittier

Cover, Snow-Bound, A Winter Idyl by John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier’s poem chronicles a New England family and how they adapt to a snowstorm that roared on for three days.  Inspired by his family home, which today serves as a museum to the abolitionist Quaker, Whittier originally wrote this poem for his niece, Elizabeth.  The poem is dedicated To the memory of the household it describes.  First published in book length in 1866, Snow-Bound, A Winter Idyl became Whittier’s most popular poem.  The edition depicted above was inscribed as a Christmas present to Hattie Fowler by her father, Samuel, in 1868. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 19

Dedication Page, The Horn of Plenty of Home Poems and Pictures

Dedication Page, The Horn of Plenty of Home Poems and Pictures, Compiled by William F. Gill

Initially, it was the book’s blue binding that caught my eye while scanning the shelves.  An avid Louisa May Alcott fan, I knew the dedication page shown above needed to be shared with others.  The authors in this compilation include Alcott, Kate Tannatt Woods, Jean Ingelow, Dora Greenwell, Amelia B. Edwards, and others.  Subjects of the poems include ghosts, a dog’s Christmas dinner, the Queen of Hearts, gardens, snowmen, and sugar plums. Read more