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Lydia Maria Child

Poe: "Mrs. Child, casually observed, has nothing particularly striking in her personal appearance. One would pass her in the street a dozen times without notice. She is low in stature and slightly framed. Her complexion is florid; eyes and hair are dark; features in general diminutive. The expression of her countenance, when animated, is highly intellectual. Her dress is usually plain, not even neat — anything but fashionable. Her bearing needs excitement to impress it with life and dignity. She is of that order of beings who are themselves only on 'great occasions.' Her husband is still living. She has no children. I need scarcely add that she has always been distinguished for her energetic and active philanthropy."

 

The image comes from a Massachusetts teachers resource page.

 

The full text of Poe's portrait of Child (from Godey's Lady's Book, September 1846) is available online courtesy of the Edgar Allan Poe Society.

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Uploaded on November 21, 2005