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Poems.

Lambert, Mary Eliza Perine Tucker.

Published by M. Doolady, New York, 1867
From SessaBks (ABAA, ILAB) (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

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First edition of the first published volume of poetry from Lambert (then writing as Mary E. Tucker). The author was born in 1838 in Alabama, raised in Georgia, and educated (at least in part) in New York before settling in Philadelphia after the Civil War. Although she has in the past been included in almost all lists of black American women poets, that attribution appears to have been incorrect, her identity having been for some time conflated with that of black writer Molly E. Lambert; and it is still possible, trying to trace the validity either of the attribution or of its debunking, to find one?s head spinning. => Certainly the exercise gives one quite a tour of American racial assumptions and attitudes both popular and academic! Of particular interest are Lambert?s poems describing the sorrows of the post?Civil War South from a personal, intimate perspective and, without regard to race, the poems sympathetic to "fallen" or sinful women. Heavily held in institutions, especially those specializing in American poetry of the 19th century, her volume Poems is scarce in commerce. 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.25"). xi, [1], [5]?237, [1] pp. (lacking 2 plts.) Recent mottled calf, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and publication labels. Two portraits (of the author and her sister) lacking; guard leaf from latter portrait remains, with ghostly offset imprint of image. Occasional small edge nicks; most pages clean, with the last few signatures moderately browned. => An intriguing volume, and writer. Bookseller Inventory # 27813

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Title: Poems.

Publisher: M. Doolady, New York

Publication Date: 1867

Edition: 1st Edition

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