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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors, Helen Jackson. ( H. H. ) (search)
nry Vaughan, had he been a woman, might have written it. If, in addition to her other laurels, Mrs. Jackson is the main author of the Saxe Holm tales, she must be credited not only with some of the very best stories yet written in America,--Draxy Miller's Dowry, for instance,--but with one of the best-kept of all literary secrets. There has been something quite dramatic in the skill with which the puzzle has been kept alive by the appearance of imaginary claimants — if imaginary they be — to have dropped the Saxe Holm stories in the street, and demanded that they should be restored to him. He was suppressed by the simple expedient of inviting him to bring in some specimens of his own poetry, that it might be compared with that of Draxy Miller; but the modest young girls and the apocryphal rural contributors were less easily abolished, though time has abated their demands. The more Mrs. Jackson denied the authorship, the more resolutely the public mind intrenched itself in the beli