NIDWORTH AND HIS THREE MAGIC WANDS

Nidworth and His Three Magic Wands by Elizabeth Prentiss.

The three Magic Wands are: Riches, Knowledge, and Love; and in depicting their peculiar and wonderful virtues Mrs. Prentiss has wrought into the story with much skill her own theory of a happy life. She wrote the book with intense delight, and its strange, weird-like scenes and characters—the home in the forest ; Dolman, the poor woodcutter; Cinda, his tall and strong-minded wife; Nidworth, their first-born; wandering llidda, boding ill-luck; the hermit; these and all the rest—seemed to her, for a while, almost as real as if she had copied them from life.

Its publishers (Roberts Brothers) pronounced Nidworth "a gem" and were not a little surprised at its failure to strike the popular fancy. It certainly contains some of the author's brightest pictures of life and character.—The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (1882).

ONLY A DANDELION AND OTHER STORIES

Only a Dandelion and Other Stories by Elizabeth Prentiss.

The first piece, from which the little book takes its name, was written at the time, and is not excelled by anything of the kind written by Mrs. Prentiss. Spring Breeze is as fresh and delicate as a May flower. The other stories are mostly a selection from her early contributions to The Youth's Companion.—The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (1882).

PEMAQUID; OR, A STORY OF OLD TIMES IN NEW ENGLAND

Pemaquid; or, A Story of Old Times in New England by Elizabeth Prentiss.

Kezia is one of the characters in Pemaquid; or, a Story of Old Times in New England, then recently published. She had written it with "indescribable ease and pleasure," to use her own words, mostly during the previous January. The pictures of New England life—especially its religious life—in old times are vivid and faithful; and the character of Kezia Millet for originality, quiet humor, and truth to nature, surpasses any other in her writings, with the exception, perhaps, of Aunt Avery in "Fred and Maria and Me."—The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (1882).

PERCYS (THE)

The Percys by Elizabeth Prentiss.

Also titled: The Story of the Percys, Ever Heavenward; or, A Mothers Influence.

In the course of this spring [1870] The Percys was published. The story first came out as a serial in the New York Observer. It was translated into French under the title La Famille Percy. In 1876, a German version appeared under the title Die Familie Percy. It was also republished in London. But greatly to Mrs. Prentiss' annoyance, with the title changed to Ever Heavenward—as if to make it appear to be a sequel to Stepping Heavenward.—The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (1882).

PETERCHEN AND GRETCHEN; OR, TALES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

Peterchen and Gretchen; or, Tales of Early Childhood (translated by Elizabeth Prentiss)

In a German book I translated, a little boy is very happy in making a scrap-book for a little friend, and God is represented as being glad to see him so happy. . . She translated it at Genevrier during the illness of her children.—The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (1882).

RELIGIOUS POEMS

Religious Poems by Elizabeth Prentiss.

Elizabeth Prentiss wrote 122 poems that “depict some of the deepest experiences of her Christian life . . . they are her tears of joy or of sorrow, her cries of anguish, and her songs of love and triumph.” The epigraph states: “The testimony of one soul is the experience of thousands.” As Harper’s Magazine (1874) wrote: “These poems . . . will give strength to many that feel the weariness, and faint under it, and that need just this cry of a labored trust as a means of conduct to the higher experience of joyous trust.”

The title of Religions Poems was afterwards changed to Golden Hours; Hymns and Songs of the Christian Life.

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SIX LITTLE PRINCESSES AND WHAT THEY TURNED INTO

Six Little Princesses and What They Turned Into by Elizabeth Prentiss.

No one of Mrs. Prentiss' lesser works betrays a keener insight into character or a finer touch than this. Its aim is to illustrate the truth that all girls are endowed with their own individual talents; and to enforce the twofold lesson, that the diligent use of these talents, on the one hand, can furnish innocent pleasures beyond the reach of any outward position, however brilliant; and, on the other, is the best preparation for the day of adversity.—The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (1882).

STEPPING HEAVENWARD

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss.

Stepping Heavenward was published toward the end of October, having appeared already as a serial in the Chicago Advance. The first number of the serial was printed February 4, 1869. The work was planned and the larger part of it composed during the winter and spring of 1867–8. Referring more especially to this part of it, she once said to a friend: "Every word of that book was a prayer, and seemed to come of itself. I never knew how it was written, for my heart and hands were full of something else." By "something else" she had in mind the care of little Francis. The ensuing summer the manuscript was taken with her to Dorset, carefully revised and finished before her return to the city. In revising it she had the advantage of suggestions made by her friends, Miss Warner and Miss Lyman, both of them Christian ladies of the best culture and of rare good sense.—The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (1882).

The diary began after Katherine received a new desk and writing utensils for her sixteenth birthday. Her journal contained many thoughts about herself, life and God. She came face to face with her own selfishness, weakness and lack of spiritual interest, but struggled onward. Soon married life brought many challenges and reflections. A quote from the book: "And I think some of the best, most contrite, most useful of men and women, whose prayers prevail with God, and bring down blessings into the homes in which they dwell, often possess unlovely traits that furnish them with their best discipline." An important quote from Jean Paul Friedrich Richter is "our course heavenward is like the plan of the zealous pilgrims of old, who for every three steps forward, took one backward." Earnest Christians are sure to be pleased with the wisdom for everyday life contained in this book.—Curiosmith (2013).

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