Tag Archives: Underlining

Book submission: The Waif: A Collection of Poems

Title: The Waif: A Collection of Poems
Author: Longfellow, editor
Publication date: Cambridge, MA: 1845
Library: Richter, U Miami
Call number: PR 1175 .L55
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer
Bracketed passages and a botanical insertion stitched into the page containing “Death of a Child” by John Pierpont.

Gift inscription: “Deborah F. Adams from her brother William Feb. 17th 1845”

Book submission: Representative Men: Seven Lectures

Title: Representative Men: Seven Lectures
Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Publication date: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1903
Library: The University of Iowa Libraries
Call number: PS 1600.F03 v.4
Submitted by: A. Caviston
Ralph Waldo Emerson, most commonly known as the leader of the Transcendentalist movement, was

an American writer of essays and poetry. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1803 and attended Harvard College. Some of his well-known essays include Nature, Circles, The Poet, and The Over-Soul. Over the course of his lifetime he gave more than 1,000 lectures. This volume contains several of these lectures. He died in 1882. (Source: PBS.org) Annotations read: “lovers of music” pg. 21 / “could Napoleon?” pg. 23 / “constellation” pg. 27 / “Miad’s “I”” pg. 28. Quotation reads “There is a law by which life is perpetuated” on pg. 110.

Book submission: The Plays of Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Title: The Plays of Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Author: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
Publication date: New York, 1908
Library: Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PR3680 .A2 1908
Submitted by: Brian Howley
There is marginalia found in several locations throughout this book, although underlining with pencil is the most common form. In addition, there are comments about passages in the margins, also in pencil, and evidence of some type of spill (coffee or other liquid).

Book submission: The Ancient Classical Drama

Title: The Ancient Classical Drama
Author: MOULTON, Richard G.
Publication date: London, Edinburgh, New York, 1898
Library: Sojourner Trith Library – SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PA3024.M6
Submitted by: Raisa Lassance Chiarelli
(1) . Song of Solomon 2.11-13 (page 7)

(2). ___aigh says [th]ere no [e]vidence for [su]ch recitations? (page 14)

(3). Aesch. Ag. (page 87) (It means: The reader thought that the fragment of Alcestis sounded like a play from Agamemnon, a play from Aeschylus. Indeed, on the next page the author compares the two plays.)

(4). ____ I took from this page PLUS page 97! (pages 96, 97)

1(1). ll.36 + 37 (pages 150, 151) (It means: line number 36 + 37 / the reader relates the fragment to another on page 82)

Book submission: Representative English Literature: From Chaucer to Tennyson

Title: Representative English Literature: From Chaucer to Tennyson
Author: Pancoast, Henry S.
Publication date: New York, 1895
Library: Sojourner Truth Library SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PR 85.P35
Submitted by: Hannah Phillips
This book belonged to Adèle Duryée, who signed her name in it. Based on the nature of the book, and given the Henry Holt and Company publishing, it is fair to assume that Duryée used the book in a scholarly manner. Some pages include notes on the text, underlines, arrows, and in at least two instances, written week dates (presumably used to track reading assignments). Her writing is in pencil. The book was rebound at some point in Buffalo, NY. It has been in the SUNY New Paltz collection for as far back as when the institution was called a “Teachers College.”

Book submission: Anticipations of the Future, to Serve as Lessons for the Present Time

Title: Anticipations of the Future, to Serve as Lessons for the Present Time
Author: Ruffin, Edmund
Publication date: Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1860
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 973.68 R92a
Submitted by: Annie Johnson
Edmund Ruffin was a slaveholder and secessionist from Virginia. Ruffin’s racist novel predicts the coming Civil War, but in Ruffin’s vision, the South wins. One anonymous reader of this book registered his or her distaste with Ruffin’s ideas by writing responses to the text in pencil throughout. On the title page, the reader wrote, “the text book of instruction for secessionists.” On the contents page the reader continues, “This book looks as if written by Beverly Tucker, author of the Partisan Leader—published years ago to instruct and prepare the Southern heart for its desolations truly merited, richly deserved.” (Nathaniel Beverley Tucker published the The Partisan Leader in 1836. Like Ruffin’s work, it also predicted a war between the North and South). When Ruffin refers to slavery, the reader writes, “good thing it is abolished.” In yet another section the reader comments, “We thought you were chivalrous—your chivalry showed itself at Andersonville.”