Not “A Fool’s Errand.” Life and Experience of A Northern Governess in the Sunny South.
An 1880 edition of Ingraham’s The Sunny South; or. The Southerner at Home, Embracing Five Years’ Experience of a Northern Governess in the Land of the Sugar and the Cotton (1860). The book, ostensibly a collection of letters penned by Kate Conyngham in the 1850s, was, in fact, authored by Ingraham, a Maine native known for his romantic novels in the 1830s and 1840s.Observations of life along the Mississippi River, in Nashville, Natchez, the New Orleans.
The renaming of this edition was a deliberate reference to Albion W. Tourgee’s book A Fool’s Errand, published a year earlier in 1879, a bestseller, and “the first literary work to deal with Reconstruction.” (DAB).
Description: Not “A Fool’s Errand.” Life and Experience of A Northern Governess in the Sunny South.
New York: G.W. Carleton & Co., Publishers, MDCCCLXXX . 526, [2 (ads)]pp. Octavo. Publisher’s gilt and blind stamped cloth binding. Contemporary ownership inscription of Mrs. Geo. J. Besser. Small corner stain to front cover, one hinge starting, a few gatherings proud. This copy with exceptionally bright spine gilt.
Howes I-50 and Clark III, p54 #58n, for first edition.