Celia Thaxter: Selected Writings
Edited by Julia Older
"As she toured bookstores with her novel, teachers kept asking Older where they could find a collection of Thaxter's writings. So Older decided to create one."
-- Quincy Whitney, The Sunday Boston Globe
"I think Mrs. Thaxter's prose admirable."
-- Charles Dickens.
"A remarkable woman's career, from intimate personal letters to her acclaimed Among the Isles of Shoals. The evocative directness of Thaxter's prose makes her work seem fresh more than 100 years after it was written. Julia Older prefaces each section with informative, clearly written essays that detail the events and associations of the author's life."
-- Kevin Gardner, New Hampshire Public Radio.
"Never before have the wonders of our rocky New England seacoast been so musically and tenderly sung about."
-- John Greenleaf Whittier
"A large part of Thaxter's appeal is that she was a writer of place--a place that few had ever seen much less read about."
-- The Boston Sunday Globe
"One of the best bits of writing in Celia Thaxter: Selected Writings is A Memorable Murder. It's a riveting retelling of an actual double murder in sort of In Cold Blood (Truman Capote) fashion."
-- The Keene Sentinel
"It acquaints contemporary readers with a regional literature that for a time was in danger of being lost."
-- The Nashua Telegraph
"A valuable contribution to any 19th century women's collection."
-- Maine Sunday Telegram
Selections are prefaced with comments about what was going on in Thaxter's lifetime as well as information about the publication of the particular book. A Bibliography of Major Works by Celia Thaxter appears at the back with a fascinating list of "What Reviewers Said Then...And Now." The cover art is Childe Hassam's famous Isles of Shoals portrait, "Celia in her Garden," from the Smithsonian National Museum Collection. This anthology is often ordered as a companion book to Older's novel The Island Queen.