Title: The Old Virginia Gentleman and Other ...
(Edited and Arranged by His Daughter Ellen M Bagby). Dietz Press. Richmond, Virginia. 1938. xxvii,(1),296 pages. Illustrated. 9-1/4 inches. Hard cover. Dust jacket. Introduction: George W. Bagby, Patriot. By Douglas Southall Freeman. Lightly used. The dust jacket has edge chips with a 1 inch chip at the bottom of the spine. Very good condition. Thomas Nelson Page wrote in 1910: "Next to Poe, the most original of all Virginia writers was he whose reputation in his lifetime mainly rested on humorous sketches of a mildly satirical and exceedingly original type; but who was a master of a pathos rarely excelled by any author . . . When the old life shall have completely passed away as all life of a particular kind must pass, the curious reader may find in George W. Bagby’s pages, pictured with a sympathy, a fidelity and an art which may be found nowhere else, the old Virginia life precisely as it was lived before the War, in the Tidewater and Southside sections of Virginia . . . The Old Virginia Gentleman to my mind is the most charming picture of American life ever drawn . . . He was a physician by profession; a humorist by the way; but God made him a man of letters." - - - dust jacket - - - George William Bagby (1828-1883) was an American humorist. After finishing his studies, Bagby became engaged in editorial work, especially on the Southern Literary Messenger, from 1859 to near the close of the American Civil War. Subsequently, he was made State librarian and became widely known as a lecturer and humorist, writing under the name "Mozis Addums". He having kept alive the old school of Southern humor, founded by Augustus Baldwin Longstreet and Johnson J. Hooper. An example of this humor, which contained local dialect, phonetic spelling and an eccentric character, is Rubenstein’s Piano-Playin. It is a short narrative of a surly, less-than-sophisticated soul, who describes how he was deeply moved by a piano concert. His works were collected in three volumes (Richmond, 1884-86). Bagby is less known for his work as a journalist. As the Richmond correspondent of the Charleston Mercury during the American Civil War, Bagby covered the politics of the war and made a reputation for Hermes, his pen name, as a fearless writer who would criticize Confederate General Robert E. Lee as easily as Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Bagby's most popular essay was "The Old Virginia Gentleman" (1877), a paean to antebellum plantation life in Virginia. - Wikipedia "Early Years George Bagby was born on August 13, 1828, on the Buckingham County plantation of William Evans, his maternal grandfather. He was the only son and elder of two children of George Bagby, owner of a general store in Lynchburg, and Virginia Young Evans Bagby, who were both descended from families that had been in Virginia since before the American Revolution (1775–1783). Bagby's mother died when he was about eight years old, and his father sent him and his sister to live on the Cumberland County plantation of their aunt Elizabeth Hobson. Bagby there developed the sensitivity to the minutiae of plantation life that later informed many of his popular essays, including the beautifully crafted 1860 composition, "Fishing on the Appomattox." When Bagby was ten his father sent him to Edgehill School in Princeton, New Jersey. Two years later he transferred to Hurlbut School in Philadelphia, and in 1843 he entered Delaware College. He matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1846 and graduated with a degree in medicine in 1849. Bagby may have studied medicine to satisfy his father's wishes, because after he moved back to Lynchburg he made little or no attempt to establish a practice. Literary and Journalistic Beginnings In 1853 Bagby and a close friend, George Woodville Latham, began publication of a newspaper, the Lynchburg Express, which lasted only three years but launched Bagby on a lifelong career in journalism and writing. In 1857 he moved to Washington, D.C., where he ser. Bookseller Inventory # 000875
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