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    [Augusta Jane Evans Wilson.] Inez; a Tale of the Alamo. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1855. First edition. 8vo. Blue cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to spine. 298 pp. Cocked binding. Boards rubbed. Corners bumped. Some wear to extremities. Foxing throughout. Bookplate to front pastedown. Very good.

    Augusta Jane Evans lived in Texas during her teens, from 1846 to 1849, before moving to Alabama where she became one of the most popular southern novelist of her time. Inez was her first novel, written when she was 15, and published anonymously. Sister Agatha, in Texas Prose Writing, is somewhat dismissive of the novel and its characters. "These two heroines, like most of the characters in books of that period, are orphans, and their bereavement is typically and everlastingly sad. They have a favorite seat by the river's brim, where they weep together: 'Mary, Mary, you know not what I suffer.' And her friend soothes: 'Florry, sit down, and lean your weary head on my shoulder.' But most of Florry's troubles come from the villain, a Catholic priest, who is trying to beguile her into the popish religion." The novel plays out against the backdrop of the city of San Antonio during the lead-up to the battle of the Alamo.

    References:
    Agatha, p. 116. Raines, p. 78. Sabin 34689.


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