Book submission: My Roses

Title: My Roses
Author: French, Lucy
Publication date: Philadelphia, 1872
Library: University of Iowa Main Library
Call number: PS 1719.F6M8
Submitted by: Christine Ewert
Lucy Virginia French (born Lucy Virginia Smith and signs a L. Virginia French) was born on March 16th, 1825 in Accomac County, Virginia. She began her literary career by writing for the Louisville Journal under the pen name “L’Inconnue.” Her husband Colonel John Hopkins French of McMinnville met her, under her pen name, as a fan of her poetry. In 1852 she became the editor of the Southern Ladies Book in New Orleans. She became well-rounded in her literary mediums, writing for newspapers and magazines like Southern Homestead, the Rural Sun, the Sunny South, the Crusader, the Ladies Home, and the Southern Literary Messenger. My Roses was one of her two novels. She also wrote poetry and a tragic play, The Lady of Tula. Her diaries written during the Civil War reside in the Tennessee State Library’s archive and demonstrate her liberal sensibilities. Lucy was born into a wealthy family with a plantation and became a poet, editor, novelist, magazinist, and etc.
On the blank page before the title page is a signature (I cannot make the name out) and the date of Christmas, 1873. Additionally, on the inside of the front cover there is another name in pencil markings: Susan A. Thrasher, illegible writing, the the date of ____, 12th, 1886. On the title page in pencil there is “ucy” after the ‘L’ in L. Virginia French.

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