Isabella Alden's Book Descriptions

Victorian Era Evangelical Literature

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"We mention first the Pansy Books. These lead naturally from the fact that Pansy is herself a leader. She inspires with her enthusiasm, she wins with her sympathy. Her characters are real live people, such as one meets every day. They have the trials, perplexities, joys of actual life, and Pansy brings them out of troubles such as fall to ordinary mortals in a way that helps, cheers, guides and builds up character."—Lothrop Publishing Company (1893).


Mary Burton Abroad, and Other Stories by Pansy (with Mrs. C. M. Livingston, Faye Huntington, and others).

This pleasant book is made up of a series of letters supposed to have been written from some of the great cities of Europe, principally Edinburgh and London. They contain information about objects of interest in these places, descriptive and historical, and are written in that gossipy, unconventional style which is pleasing to children.—D. Lothrop (1882).


A Modern Sacrifice: The Story of Kissie Gordon's Experiment by Pansy.

The death of Kissie Gordon's father, who was a clergyman, deprives Kissie and her mother of almost their only means of support, and forces them to accept the hospitality of Mrs. Gordon's sister, Mrs. Merchant. Mrs. Merchant is a worldly woman, enjoying life in the conventional way, and encouraging her children to do likewise. Kissie for a time is drawn into the whirl, but the strong views of her father and mother against dancing, cards, extravagance in dress, etc., that had been early instilled Into her, come again to the front and a conflict ensues. This is the motive of the story and the reason of Kissie's sacrifice.—Lothrop Publishing Company (1899).

A new "Pansy book" is always welcome, and this story of gentle Kissie Gordon, and how she made her life of help and value to others, will prove an incentive to right thinking; and right living, which all young people may study with profit, as they will certainly read it with interest. —Lothrop Publishing Company (1899).


Monteagle by Pansy.

Both girls and boys will find this story of Pansy's pleasant and profitable reading. Dilly West is a character whom the first will find it an excellent thing to intimate, and boys will find in Hart Hammond a noble, manly, fellow who walks for a time dangerously near temptation, but escapes through providential influences, not the least of which is the steady devotion to duty of the young girl, who becomes an unconscious power of good.—D. Lothrop & Company (1879).