sure to pay for itself.
It has done more for me, in point of consideration here, than a fortune of a hundred thousand dollars. Parker
quoted some of my verses in his Christmas sermon, and this I considered as the greatest of honors.
I sat there and heard them, glowing all over.
The authorship is, of course, no secret now. ...”
Speaking of the volume long after, she says, “It was a timid performance upon a slender reed.”
Three years later a second volume of verse was published by Ticknor
and Fields under the title of “Words for the hour.”
Of this, George William Curtis
wrote, “It is a better book than its predecessor, but will probably not meet with the same success.”
She had written plays ever since she was nine years old. In 1857, the same year which saw the publication of “Words for the hour,” she produced her first serious dramatic work, a five-act drama entitled “The world's own.”
It was performed in New York at Wallack
's Theatre, and in Boston
with Matilda Heron
and the elder Sothern
in the leading parts.
She notes that one critic pronounced the play “full of literary merits and of dramatic defects” ; and she adds, “It did not, as they say, ‘keep the stage.’
Yet her brother Sam writes to her from New York: “Lenore still draws the best houses; there was hardly standing room on Friday night” ; and again: “Mr. Russell
went last night, a second time, bought the libretto, which I send you by this mail — declares that there is not a grander play in our language.
He says that it is full of dramatic vigor, that the interest ”