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of her literature. There are many writers who have won



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fame for themselves and honor for their state." Mary-
Weeks Atkeson, in "Development of Literature in West
Virginia."

IV
Notes on State Literature.

There are four periods of West Virginian literature
which correspond in a rough way to its historical periods.
The first extends from 1669-1823 and is the Period of
Exploration and Travel. The literature of this period
consisted of diaries and journals, folk songs, and wild
and improbable stories that laid the foundation for later
literature. The Period of Reminiscences of Indian Wars
and Early Literature, 1823-1861, was the period when
real literature began and the first book of verse, "The
Widow of the Rock," by Margaret Agnew Blennerhas-
sett, the first drama, 'Logan the Last of the Race of
Shibellemus," by Doddridge, and the first novel, "The
Tennesseean," by Anne Royall, were published. The
Period of Civil War and Reconstruction extends from
1861-1885. There is now a decided change in literature
into which the spirit of war enters, for the writers for
the most part were participants in the struggle. So we
have the Civil War tales, "Four Years a Soldier," by
David E. Johnson, and the "Flying Gray-Haired Yank."
Much verse was written during this period. The Period
of the Development of the State extends from 1865-1913.
We now find many poets and novelists and many books
giving sketches of the mountain people, as "Among
Moonshiners," by Geo. W. Atkisen, and "Dwellers in
the Hills," by Davisson Post.

Notes from "The Development of Literature in
West Virginia." Mary Meek Atkeson.

V

Authorities.

Mary Meek Atkeson, Morgantown

Dr. Waitman Barbe, Morgantown



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VI

Use in State Schools.

"Probably one or two poems by Dr. Barbe are
rather extensively used in the schools. Mary Meek At-
keson.

WISCONSIN
I

Bibliographies and Histories of Literature,

"Bibliography of Wisconsin Authors." Published
by the Wisconsin State Historical Society. 1893. $0.75.

"In the World of Letters, Science, and Art" in
"Wisconsin in Three Centuries," Volume IV, Chapter
VII, 1906.

"List of Books by Wisconsin Authors." Exhibited
by the Wisconsin State Historical Society at the World's
Columbia Exposition in 1893.

"Wisconsin Sonnets." C. H. Winke, Badger Pub.
Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

II

LIST OF AUTHORS.

I. Wisconsin Authors.
Anderson, Rasmus B., translator.

"Synnove Solbakken. 1882"
Campbell, Florence M.

"Jack's Afire. 1887"
French, Bella,

"Struggling up to the Light. 1876"
Gale, Laura, novelist.
Giles, Ella A.

"Bachelor Ben. 1875"
Griswold, Hattie T.

"Waiting on Destiny. 1889"
King, Charles,

"Marion's Faith. 1886"
Moore, Aubertine Woodward,

"The Spell-bound Fiddler. 1884"



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Peck, George W.

"Adventures of one Terence McGrant. 1871"
Pomeroy, Marcus M.
"Gold-dust: for the Beautifying of Lives and Homes.

1871"
Tascher, Julia M.

"Arbutus and Dandelions. 1883"
Teetzel, Frances G.

"The Dynamite Cartridge. 1885"
Warren, Mary E.

"Compensation: A Tale of Temperance. 1887"
2. Wisconsin Poets.
Baker, Myron E.

"Vacation Thoughts. 1887"
Beadle, Jane E.

"The Play of Gold. 1887"
Burdick, C. R.

"Before the Dawn. 1872"
Chamberlain, Mrs. M. H.

"Wayside Flowers. 1862"
Clark, Julia and Medora,

"Driftwood. 1878"
Crawford, Alice A.

"A Few Thoughts for a Few Friends. 1875"
Durward, B. T.

"Wild Flowers of Wisconsin. 1872"
Giles, Ella A.

"Flowers of the Spirit. 1891"
Gregory, John G.

A Beauty of Thebes. 1892"
Houghton, William,

"Sylvicola, or Songs From the Backwoods. 1875"
Knowles, Louise J.

"Thoughts in Meter. 1889"
Luce, Samuel S.

"Echoes of the Past. 1881"
McKenna, Maurice,

Poems, Rhymes, and Verses. 1890"



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MacMurray, Thomas J.

"The Legend of Delaware Valley. 1877"
Manville, Helen A.

"Heart Echoes. 1875"
Manville, Marion,

"Over the Divide. 1888"
Maerklin, Edmond,

"In Strome der Zeit. 1886"
Mayers, Charles G.

"Mendota, the Spirit of the Lakes. 1881"
Mitchell, John,

"Poetical Works. 1883"
Moore, Ada J.

"Under the Pines. 1875"
Perry, Charlotte A.

"Charlotta Perry's Poems. 1888"
Pomroy, Marcus M.

"Songs from the Heart. 1877"
Rexford, Eben E.

"Brother and Lover. 1887"
Richardson, Genessee,

"My Castle in the Air. 1892"
Richmond, Elizabeth Y.

"Poems of Western Land. 1875"
Standish, Barney H.

"Among the Dells. 1885"
Steinlein, Augustus,

"Bunte Blutcher. 1884"
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler,

"Drops of Water. 1884"

Selected from "List of Books by Wisconsin Auth-
ors."

Ill

Treatment of the State in American Literature.

"Brief as has been the period of its statehood Wis-
consin has made generous contribution to the world of
letters, science, and art. The printed output has been



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surprisingly large whether in the form of books or in
the more ephemeral guise of pamphlets and broadsides."
"In the World of Letters, Science, and Art."

IV

Notes on State Literature.

Wisconsin has made valuable and permanent con-
tributions to historical literature. Some of her best
known historians are: Dr. Reuben Thwaites, Pro-
fessor Frederick J. Turner, Dr. Charles Kendall Adams,
Professor William Francis Allen, Consul Wiltshire Bat-
terfield. Wisconsin has put forth some novels of average
merit. The first novel, "Garangula, the Ougna-Hanwa
Chief," was published anonymously in 1857. Eben E.
Rexford wrote "Silver Threads Among the Gold" and
S. Fillmore Bennett wrote "In the Sweet Bye and Bye,"
two songs that have won national circulation. "Bill"
Nye was a humorous writer. Mihvaukee, in the early
5o's, had a large German population, so many of w r hom
gave their attention -to literature that Milwaukee was
called the "German Athens of America." Madame
Mathilde Anneke Konrad Krez, Edmund Maerklin,
Ernst Anton Zuendt, Augustus Steinhin, Rudolph Puch-
ner, and Henrieus Von See are well known poets. Ma-
dame Anneke was the most gifted and best known of
them all.
"In the World of Letters, Science, and Art."

WYOMING
II

LIST OP AUTHORS.

Bache, Rene,

"Wyoming Fossil Remains"
Bartlet, Mrs. I. S.

"The True Republic"



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Lockhardt, Miss Carolina, writer.

"The Fighting Shepherdess"
Miller, Thomas

"Song of Fair Wyoming"
Slack, Harriet,

"The Forty-fourth Star"
Stewart, Mrs Eleanor P. C., author.
"The Elk Hunt"
Winter, Charles E.

"Ben Warmen"

This list of authors has been furnished by ( I ) " Wy-
oming Historical Collections" (2) Miss Grace Hebard
of the University of Wyoming.

IV

Wyoming has produced some novels and a number
of historical and scientific works. Many of her authors
are connected with the University of Wyoming at Lar-
amie. Some military men at the Fort of Cbfeyenne have
also contrfbuted tto her literature. Miss Grace Hebard,
of the University of Wyoming, says: "There is no one
who does exclusive literary work."

From State Historical Collections. Miss Grace
Hebard.

V

Frances A. Davis, Cheyenne

Grace Raymond Heberd, Laramie



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