Tit for tat. A novel. By a lady of New Orleans.

Southwood, Marion (pseud. of Matthew Estes?).

Published by Garret & Co. ? 1856, 1856
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First American edition of a novel first published in England in 1855: a response to Uncle Tom's Cabin, which is specifically mentioned in the text though the binding says it is a "reply to Dred." Set in England and definitely aimed at a British audience, this is the story of Totty, a boy stolen from his family and bound to a chimney sweep. Totty's job was to climb into chimneys and clean the walls of the soot and creosote. The author characterizes these children as "4000 English slaves," their blackened skin a heavy-handed metaphor as well as a horrible reality. He chides the "philantropic dukes and duchesses" who ignore these wretches and yet weep over Stowe's representation of American slaves. Some sources indicate that Marion Southwood was a pseudonym of Matthew Estes, a Mississippi author and defender of American slavery. 12mo. iv, 356 pp., (2 (ads)] ff. Wright, II, 2288; Library Company, Afro-Americana (rev. ed.), 9661. Publisher's blind-embossed pale purple cloth, spine sunned to tan. Occasional light foxing. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Tit for tat. A novel. By a lady of New ...
Publisher: Garret & Co. ? 1856
Publication Date: 1856

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