A Circuit Rider’s Wife.

Methodism in America


A minister’s wife tells her adventures on the backwoods circuit. This wife has little patience for women; often making disparaging comments of their low morals, and defending those ministers disgraced from having affairs with female members of their flocks (pp162–164).

The New Georgia Encyclopedia writes of Harris, in part:

Novelist Corra White Harris’s best-known work, A Circuit Rider’s Wife (1910), is a semi-autobiographical novel based on life with her Methodist minister husband, Lundy. Corra Harris was one of the most celebrated women from Georgia for nearly three decades in the early twentieth century. She is best known for her first novel, A Circuit Rider’s Wife (1910), though she gained a national audience a decade before its publication [...] Harris established a reputation as a humorist, southern apologist, polemicist, and upholder of premodern agrarian values. At the same time she criticized southern writers who sentimentalized a past that never existed [...]Two of her works became feature-length movies. Of these, the best known is I’d Climb the Highest Mountain (1951), inspired by A Circuit Rider’s Wife.

This copy bears a curious inscription: “John D. Keller from Gum-Shoe Deacon Huron. Xmas - 1910.” Who this presentee was remains an intriguing mystery.


Description: A Circuit Rider’s Wife.

Philadelphia: Altemus, (Curtis Publishing Co., 1910). First Edition. 336p. Small stout octavo; decorated green cloth binding. Eight plates illustrated by William H. Everett. Mild general wear; some edge-wear to top of front board; else very good.

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