Poems by ... Born at Linden Place, Bristol, Rhode Island, October 12th, 1820. Died at the same place, September 15, 1901. [Edited by Samuel Pomeroy Colt.]

East Aurora, New York: The Roycroft Shop, October, 1914. First edition, 8vo, pp. 231, [1]; mounted photograph portrait frontispiece and 4 other mounted photographs; text ruled in red throughout; origtinal three-quarter crushed green levant, gilt-decorated spine in 5 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 2, t.e.g., gilt Colt monograp on the top front cornerpiece; fine copy. Laid in is a calling card of Samuel Pomeroy Colt on which he has written "Compliments ... Linden Place, Bristol R.I." in ink. Also with a presentation from Colt on the flyleaf to "Mr. & Mrs. S. M. Nicholson from his friend Sam. P. Coly, Xmas, 1914." Samuel Pomeroy Colt was the founder of the U.S. Rubber Co. (later Uniroyal). His 500-acre property in Bristol, R.I. is now Colt State Park. In her day, Theodora Goujaud DeWolf Colt was the matriarch of Bristol. "Through her poetry and salons, Theodora, like other wealthy women of the time, helped fashion a new bourgeois culture, which, though centered in New York and Boston, radiated outward to the smaller cities of the U.S., such as Bristol. Although the gendered norms and practices of the time excluded her from participation in much of public life, Theodora represented a new model of autonomy for upper-class women, for she was unmarried, not dependent on a man, and an independent intellectual. Her work also demonstrated the gendered tensions inherent in the formation of this new culture, as she developed a distinctive literary perspective that subtly criticized the paternalism and bourgeois values of that era" (see the essay by Kenneth H. Tucker, Jr. and Barbara M. Tucker, “(S)he Conquers Who Endures”: Theodora DeWolf Colt and the Birth of a New Cultural Elite, in American Nineteenth Century History, 2017, volume 18, no. 1, pp. 63-85). Item #56661

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