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‘Cupid Abroad,’ Arrested: or, A Random Bolt at Hercules Samson Fressmarkle.

Donnerhagel, Jupiter Tonans [Pseudonym, ? for Victor L. Conrad]

Published by Gettysburg, [PA]. N. Pu. ., 1853
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20 pp. 8vo. A comic chiefly iambic poem in three cantos with varying numbers of 8-line stanzas, often in a classic mode with numerous classical allusions. Also points to newer knowledge with reference to steam power, Fulton, contemporary science, etc. Many allusions to what might be undergraduate humor, parodies of professors and the teaching profession as well as politics (Henry Clay, Calhoun, e.g.). Perhaps a giant in-joke. Many explanatory notes. The First Edition was publlshed, also in Gettysburg, in 1846. According to the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, this pseudonymous pamphlet is by Victor L. Conrad, a member of the Class of 1848 at Pennsylvania College, in Gettysburg. “Victor L. Conrad, Ph.D. was born at Pine Grove, PA on 7 Oct. 1824. During his early youth he attended the school of the village, and subsequently studied at an academy in Waynesboro, Pa., during several winters. In 1841 he was appointed collector of tolls on the Union Canal and Railroad, at Pinegrove, having succeeded Dr. F. W. Conrad, his brother, in that office. He entered Pennsylvania College in 1844, and graduated there in 1848. He subsequently pursued a theological course in the seminary at Gettysburg, and was licensed to preach in 1851 by the Synod of East Pennsylvania. In 1853 he removed to Springfield, Ohio, to assume the editorship of The Evangelical Lutheran, a new church paper just started there. In 1854 he was married to Miss H. D. Bartlett, daughter of the late Jonathan Bartlett, of Maine …” The paper failed. From 1856 till 1867 Conrad was engaged in education in Pittsburgh and in Dayton. and in business in New York city. In 1867 he was elected professor of natural sciences in Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, but in 1870,” he resigned his professorship and removed to Philadelphia, where he had been engaged as associate editor of the Lutheran Observer … (Source: History of Schuylkill County, Pa: W. W. Munsell, 1881.” Mild Foxing. Else, Very Good. Harris Collection at Brown, e.g. (for First Edition). Also, (for Victor L. Conrad). Bookseller Inventory # 10699

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Title: ‘Cupid Abroad,’ Arrested: or, A Random Bolt ...

Publisher: Gettysburg, [PA]. N. Pu. .

Publication Date: 1853

Binding: Disbound

Edition: Second Edition.

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