Thursday, July 2, 2009

Good Americans by Constance Cary Harrison

Constance Cary Harrison was a Virginia-born novelist whose books I have enjoyed. She was married to Burton Harrison, who had been secretary to Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. After the war, she and her husband lived in New York, although they also had a home at 16th and N Streets in Washington. Their son, Francis Burton Harrison, served for a time as a Congressman from New York.

One of the books banned by the Boston Public Library in 1901 was Mrs. Harrison's Good Americans. I have not read it (yet), but I found a review in the New York Times for October 22, 1898. I'm still looking for more information on the BPL committee which made decisions about which books should be "rejected".

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