Narcissa

narcissa101 pages.  $7.50
Originally published in 1892, this volume collects the two short stories “Narcissa, or The Road to Rome” and “In Verona.” Both stories are set in 19th-century rural Maine, and play on small New England towns sharing names with venerable old European cities.


Each is a simple, touching, sweet little story of rustic New England life, full of vivid pictures of interesting characters, and refreshing for its unaffected genuineness and human feeling.     —The Congregationalist

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Captain January (Illustrated)

Captain January thumbnail120 pages.  $8.50
Originally published in 1891, Captain January is the story of an old lighthouse keeper and Star, his foundling daughter. One of Laura E. Richards’ most popular books. Lightly edited for content. Illustrations by Frank T. Merrill.


A charming idyl of New England coast life. … One reads it, is thoroughly charmed by it, tells others, and so  … enlarging the circle of its delighted admirers.

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“Some Say”

"Some Say"91 pages. $7.5o
Originally published in 1896, this volume contains the short stories “Some Say” and “Neighbours in Cyrus.” Both stories center on small-town New Englanders and their gossip, as well as their close relationships—even with folks who might be less neighborly than others. It is one of the books in the “Captain January” series, all published by Mrs. Richards in the 1890s and available in matched editions on this page.


“Some Say” extracts a delicious sense of humor from the lives of some New England folk.     —The Hartford Post.

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The most charming stories ever written of American country life.
New York World


Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards was born in Boston in 1850. She wrote more than 90 books in her lifetime. These new pocket paperback editions have been adapted from various print versions in the public domain, and edited to more closely conform to modern American spelling and punctuation. Their layout and type have been designed for ease of reading for children and adults alike. The cover art is adapted from images of the original cloth-bound books.


Mrs. Richards has made for herself a little niche apart in the literary world, from her delicate treatment of New England village life.
—The Boston Post