We have omitted to mention, heretofore, the publication in book form of these highly entertaining letters, the production of Dr. Bagby
, well known to the literary public of Virginia
and the South
, and at present editor of the Southern Literary Messenger.
periodical they originally appeared; at once attracting and sustaining throughout the series a degree of attention quite unusual.--They abound in dry humor and caustic shrewdness of remark upon the manners of the day. There is a vein of irony running through them which betrays a habit of keen and close observation and a high relish for the ludicrous.
No writer has succeeded so well in imitating the peculiar dialect of the uneducated classes of Virginia
, which is entirely distinct from that of any other people of whom English is the vernacular.
Mozie in his rough garb and uncouth speech is a philosopher upon whose homely common sense no claptrap
or humbug can impose.
This book is a Virginia book in every sense of the word, and is eminently worthy of Virginia
It is published by West
, and can be had, we presume, at any of the bookstores.