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Elsie Venner

Elsie Venner This tale was published in successive parts in the Atlantic Monthly under the name of The Professor s Story the first number having appeared in the third week of December The critic who is cur

  • Title: Elsie Venner
  • Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  • ISBN: 9781406813180
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • This tale was published in successive parts in the Atlantic Monthly, under the name of The Professor s Story, the first number having appeared in the third week of December, 1859 The critic who is curious in coincidences must refer to the Magazine for the date of publication of the chapter he is examining.

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    1. I have finally finished this novel, which is a strange mixture. I was attracted to it because the blurb on the back said it was a strange tale about a woman poisoned in the womb with snake venom, who therefore has some snake-type characteristics, and that it satirises puritanism. However, the framing Gothic-type story is crammed full of realistic detail about 19th-century small-town life in America, which slows the book down. Every time it seems as if something is going to happen in the main sto [...]

    2. Perhaps if Poe was a philosopher he would have written a book like Elsie Venner. Despite it's gothic premise (a child is born after her mother is bitten by a snake and then takes on the animal's characteristics), it spends very little time on that aspect of the story and instead discusses religion, the role of women, and inheritance in thoughtful, well written prose. Holmes is able to keep one's interest, despite his (often fascinating) digressions. I'm not a big fan of 19th Cent. American Lit b [...]

    3. I'm not entirely certain how I feel about this book yet. I was intrigued to learn that there was a two-volume set bound in python skin made at one point in its lifetime.abebooks/servlet/BookD

    4. Interesting read of a novel written 150 or so years ago, by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Found it in our used book store, Title Wave, next to a biography of the author, which I have not yet opened. Enjoyed the language and the described world of the 19th century.

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