THE RIGHT SPIRIT. By L. D. C. Buffalo: The Courier Company, Printers, 1885. Square octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-137 [138-140: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original dark brown cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, gray endpapers. First edition. A short romantic melodrama written by a victim of domestic violence who was imprisoned in an asylum. "Lizzie Cottier is also an asylum victim who has suffered domestic violence. In the preface to THE RIGHT SPIRIT (1885), Cottier explains how her husband threatened to separate her from their children if she didn’t stop complaining about the abuse. When she covertly handed her children off to some friends, her husband retaliated by admitting her to the asylum" (Leslie Ann Harper, "They had no key that would fit my mouth:" women's struggles with cultural constructions of madness in Victorian and modern England and America, dissertation, May 2014, p. 65). Not in Wright, American Fiction, 1876-1900. Cloth worn at edges, closed tear in pages 37/38, a very good copy. (#165300).
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