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Julia Keese Nelson Colles’ manuscript about Newark author Mary Mapes Dodge, 1892.
Courtesy, New Jersey Historical Society

2.      Mary Mapes Dodge




            At the time “The Irvington Stories,” Mrs. Dodge’s first book was pub-

lished (1864), the child literature referred mostly to the past, to the  remote past when the fairy and the griffin, the giant and the gnome reigned supreme.

Now,” says one, “Boys and Girls study other boys and girls very like themselves,” but, sometimes in environments almost as strange as those in which, Jack, the Giant killer acted his cyclus of nervie dramas.”

            “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates” followed the “Irvington Stories” and by this it has been said “The Crowning Tribute to its excellence is its perennial tale in Holland, in a Dutch edition. “Mrs. Dodge never been to….




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