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Stone, C.H. [Margaret], Mrs. Program for 1896–97 of the Modern Novel Club, organized Nov. 1887. St. Louis, MO. [St. Louis: , 1896]. 12mo (15.2 cm, 6").  pp. $100.00
"Eighth year's study, in the modern novel, of human nature, its problems, and environment": program from a women's book club that focused on novels connected to contemporary social issues. Printed on a folded leaf of heavy stock paper, the program offers brief thoughts from club founder and president Mrs. C.H. Stone regarding the important ideas of the eight books selected for the year: For the Right, The Coming of Theodora, Ramona, George's Mother, Expiation, Tom Grogan, The Master, and The Blind.
Provenance: Front page with rubber-stamp of William C. Gannett, clergyman and reformer; the Rev. Gannett and his wife ran a number of reading and study groups associated with the Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY.
Folded as issued, upper edge showing light wear; front page with faint rubber-stamp as above. Author's name for Coming of Theodora (Eliza Orne White) hand-corrected. => A scarce and intriguing ephemeral look at 19th-century women's interactions with then-modern literature. (41923) Please RESHELVE This.
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