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Book Title: Miss Minerva and William Green Hill|
The author of the book: Frances Boyd Calhoun
ISBN 13: 9780870491825
Edition: University of Tennessee Press
Date of issue: March 1st 1986
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.22 MB
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Reader ratings: 6.7
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I couldn't stand it. A beloved friend suggested it as a book she had dearly loved years ago. Many of us love things because we loved them when we were too young to know better. Published originally in 1909.
Miss Minerva is a very proper spinster in Tennessee. William Green Hill is the only child of Miss Minerva's sister and a poorly chosen husband, both now deceased. William Green Hill has been raised since his birth/his mother's death by a formerly enslaved matriarch who served as his wetnurse, rearing him alongside her own son. The "humor" is that people from the Deep South are horrible, especially the black ones. Miss Minerva does not speak in a dialect*, of course, but William and all blacks do. William's brother is named Wilkes Booth Lincoln, because it's funny the way made-up former slaves give stupid made-up names to their numerous made-up children.
Reviews on GoodReads are uniformly positive about what a wonderful, charming, humorous series this is. There are warnings that it is not "politically correct", due to it having been written forty years after the Civil War, presumably before racism was a problem.
*Because, as everyone in the US knows, the people of Tennessee speak the most neutral, accent-less English.
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Read information about the authorFrances Boyd Calhoun (1867-1909) was an American author and teacher, known today for just one work, the 1909 best-selling children's book, Miss Minerva and William Green Hill, which was published just a few months before her death from a long illness. Miss Minerva and William Green Hill was incredibly popular, capturing the imagination of the American youth. It was the first in a series of 12 Miss Minerva books that appeared between 1909 and 1939, the remainder were written by Emma Speed Sampson (1868-1947).
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