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Prelude, a Novel & the 1854 Diary of Adeline Elizabeth Hoe
Filled with six months of the details of a young girl s life, this annotated and edited diary offers a wonderful window into the mind of an educated young woman from a well-to-do family living in Lower Manhattan in the turbulent decade before the Civil War. Adeline recorded her experiences and reflections during the summer that proved to be the prelude to her adulthood and ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Peter E. Randall Publisher
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Jul 30, 2013 Faye T. Knight rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: high school students, YA, 1850's daily life
Prelude, a Novel follows seventeen-year-old Adeline Elizabeth Hoe as she, over a six month period, chronicles the daily happenings in her life. The fictional novel is based on the actual diary of the Davidson’s true ancestor and was written as the diary was being transcribed. The novel immediately draws you into 1854 New England, with its horse-drawn carriages, steamboats, bustling dresses and proper manners. In pre-Civil War era United States, where the Fugitive Slave Act allowed runaway slaves ...more
This book is actually two books: a historical fiction, Prelude, and historical nonfiction, The 1854 Diary of Adeline Elizabeth Hoe. The diary is set in New York and the surrounding areas from May 26 to December 27, 1854. The novel was based on the diary. The author used the entries in the diary as an outline for the story and then added details to fill out entries--like having the characters drying apple slices rather than using the less specific description of helping in the kitchen.
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