Book submission: A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles, Etc.

Title: A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles, Etc.
Author: Piatt, Sarah Morgan Bryan
Publication date: Boston, 1874
Library: University of Iowa Main Library
Call number: PS 2581 .V9 1874
Submitted by: Steph rue
Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836-1919) was a critically acclaimed American poet, known for her melancholic and unconventional verse. Raised on a plantation in Lexington, Kentucky, she was educated at Henry Female College. By the time she married poet and diplomat John L. Piatt in 1861, Bryan was widely known as a poet. She published several volumes of poetry over the next 20 years, including A Woman’s Poems (1871), A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles and Other Poems (1874), and Dramatic Persons and Moods (1880). The Piatts moved to Ireland in 1882, where she published several more books. (Sources: Poetry Foundation, Encyclopaedia Britannica) A gift inscription reads: “To / Wife (?) Mary H. Putnam / From / J.W.C. /and he said “Surely this / is none other than the / House of God and this is / the Gate of Heaven.” And / they called the name / of that place “Bethel.” / July 26, 1874.” Traces of pressed leaves are found between pages 56-57, 74-75, and 80-81.

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