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A Virginia author.

We think by far the best things that appear in Harper's Monthly are from the pen and pencil of the gifted Virginian, Mr. Strother, who adopts the nomme de plume of Porte Crayon. His pencilings are admirable, full of life, vivacity, and humor, and he is one of the most graphic and entertaining writers of the day. We don't know a pen at once so instructive and humorous as that of this inimitable "Porte Crayon." His style is as natural, fresh, and sparkling, as one of his own mountain springs. He transfers every scene through which he passes to the canvas, so that it seems to be passing actually before the reader. Whether as an artist or a "word-painter," he is hard to beat. His descriptions and illustrations of scenes in the South are the most life- like and true to nature of anything we have ever seen, and now he is delighting the public with sketches of travel in New England, and with wonderful insight into men, manners, and habits, he is daguerreotyping that people as faithfully as the sun ever took their likenesses. Admirable Porte Crayon. We are proud that Virginia has such a representative in the world of letters.

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