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Amy Brooks
Dorothy Dainty ~ 1902 Series written and illustrated by Amy Brooks
This 22 volume series was originally published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company between 1902 and 1923.
"Little Dorothy Dainty is one of the most generous-hearted of children.  Selfishness is not at all a trait of hers, and she knows the value of making sunshine, not alone in her own heart, but for her neighborhood and friends."  ~ Boston Courier 
 "Dorothy Dainty , a little girl, the only child of wealthy parents, is an exceedingly interesting character, and her earnest and interesting life is full of action and suitable adventure." ~ Pittsburgh Christian Advocate 
"No finer little lady than Dorothy Dainty was ever placed in a book for children." ~ Teachers' Journal, Pittsburgh 
"Miss Brooks is a popular writer for the very little folks who can read.  She has an immense sympathy for the children, and her stories never fail to be amusing."   ~ Rochester  (N.Y.)  Herald 
Dorothy Dainty's Holidays
Dorothy Dainty at Crestville
Dorothy Dainty at Foam Ridge
Dorothy Dainty at Gem Island 1920. Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard publishers
Dorothy Dainty at Glenmore
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Dorothy Dainty at Home
Dorothy Dainty at School
Dorothy Dainty at the Mountain
Dorothy Dainty at the Shore
Dorothy Dainty at the Stone House
Dorothy Dainty in the City
Dorothy Dainty in the Country
Dorothy Dainty's Gay Times
Dorothy Dainty's Holidays
Dorothy Dainty's New Friends
Dorothy Dainty's Vacation
Dorothy Dainty's Visit
Dorothy Dainty's Winter
Dorothy's Playmates
Princess Polly 1910. Platt & Nourse; Platt & Peck
Princess Polly At Play
Princess Polly by the Sea
Princess Polly In School
Princess Polly's Gay Winter
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Princess Polly's Playmates
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Prue at School
Prue's Jolly Winter
Prue's Little Friends
Prue's Merry Times
Prue's Playmates
Dorothy Dainty Doll ~ German doll by Armand Marseille ca 1910
William E. Brooks 
Lee of Virginia: A Biography
Grant of Appomattox, a Study of the Man
Pearl S. Buck  1892 - 1973
The Promise  ~ 1943 ~ 
Later paperback editions

The Good Earth ~ 1931  . . . and scores more titles often with a Chinese setting
Dragon Seed
Pavilion of Women
Imperial Woman 
Pearl S. Buck 1892 - 1973: Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892 in the West Virginia home of her grandmother. She was born the fourth of seven children to Caroline and Absalom, two Presbyterian missionaries, who were home from China. The family quickly returned to their home in Chinkiang, China three months after Pearls birth. Pearl grew up among the Chinese peasants in a small farming community. Her first language was Chinese, she grew up with the customs and traditions of the Chinese. As she grew her mother and her teacher taught her English. In 1910, Pearl returned to the United States to earn a degree at Randolph-Macon Womens College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She studied philosophy and was very active in the student government. She was elected class president and was a Phi Beta Kappa. After her graduation in 1914, she stayed at Randolph-Macon to teach psychology. After one semester she returned to China to assist her ill mother. Pearl married John Lossing Buck, an agricultural missionary, in China on May 13, 1917. The couple led a very unhappy life together. In 1921, Pearl gave birth to a daughter, Carol, who was mentally disabled with a disease called PKU. Pearl decided to return to the States and place her in a full-time care facility in Vineland, New Jersey. Because of a tumor found in Pearl's uterus during delivery, she underwent a hysterectomy. From 1920-1933, the Bucks lived in Nanking on the campus of the university where they both taught. Pearl published her first work in 1923, a nonfiction article for Atlantic magazine titled "In China too." In 1925, while studying at Cornell University, she wrote an article titled "A Chinese Woman Speaks" which would later be the impetus for her first novel EAST WIND, WEST WIND, published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Days publisher Richard Walsh took an immediate liking to Pearl and her work. This was to be the start of a long prosperous writing career in which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for THE GOOD EARTH and became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pearl Buck divorced her husband in 1935 after falling in love with Walsh. The couple moved into an estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania shortly after their marriage. Pearl and Richard lived at Green Hills Farm with their six adopted children. It was at this residence that she would write over 100 works before her death in 1973. 
CRITICAL RESPONSE: Commenting once to an interviewer about the response to her work by critics, Pearl Buck said, "One pays the price for being prolific. Heaven knows the literary Establishment can't forgive me for it, nor for that fact that my books sell." Certainly no one can argue the fact that Pearl Buck was a prolific writer (she produced over 70 major works), nor with the fact that her books sold (and continue to sell) well. But after the 1930s, a decade that saw the publication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Good Earth and Buck's biographies of her parents, The Exile and Fighting Angel (cited for particular excellence by the Nobel Committee), critics tended to regard Buck's work with disdain. Contemporary Authors summarizes the post-1938 critical response to Pearl Buck this way: "Suspicious of her tremendously high output and annoyed by her all-too-frequent lapses into didacticism and sentimentality, post-1938 critics regarded her for the most part as a prime example of a 'too much, too often' writer." One goal Pearl Buck had as a writer was to teach the Western world about Chinese culture, to help Western readers to understand and appreciate the Chinese culture she so loved. Critics, however, were divided as to whether or not Buck succeeded in her goal. Critic Phyllis Bentley remarked:

An attempt is made to present China from within, as the Chinese see it. . . In the same way, Mrs. Buck aims to present the Chinese customs as familiar, natural, and correct, because so would her characters regard them. [These customs] are all copiously illustrated, but always presented, as it were, unself-consciously, as part of the natural process of living; never by the slightest word or turn of phrase does Mrs. Buck call attention to the difference of these customs from our own.Other critics were much less impressed with Buck's depictions of China. Dody Weston Thompson, writing in American Winners of the Nobel Literary Prize, says: 

Moving in a vivid world of Chinese custom, in a spiritual landscape seen always understandingly through Chinese eyes, Pearl Buck's major characters of that period were nevertheless so "universal," so recognizable anywhere, as to seem only incidentally "Chinese." One gets no real sense in these novels of an ethos that was in actuality profoundly different from the West. Nowhere, for example, is it shown what constitutes a Taoist, Buddhist, or Confucian, their distinctions and similarities, or their considerable distances from Western thought …

Even The Good Earth, perhaps the most critically acclaimed of Buck's works, drew critical fire for its depictions of Chinese life. Writing in the New Republic, Younghill Kang commented "Since Mrs. Buck does not understand the meaning of the Confucian separation of man's kingdom from that of woman, she is like someone trying to write a story of the European Middle Ages without understanding the rudiments of chivalric standards and the institution of Christianity. None of her major descriptions is correct expect in minor details. . .Its implied comparison between Western and Eastern ways is unjust to the later." Despite the negative criticism, though, Pearl Buck undeniably had an impact on twentieth century American literature. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Fiction, a feat duplicated only by Toni Morrison almost 60 years later. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the William Dean Howells Medal for the Most Distinguished Work of American Fiction 1930-35. Her work won numerous other prizes as well and Buck herself was the recipient of numerous honorary degrees. 

J. W. Buel (James W. Buel)
Heroes of the Dark Continent or How Stanley Found Emin Pasha ~ The Great New Pictorial Africa ~ 1890 ~ Historical Publishing Company ~ Illustrated with 500 engravings and colored plates. 590 pages plus 2 pages of advertising.
This book covers the whole history of African exploration and discovery.  The illustrationsk are very detailed and beautiful.  J.W. Buel ihas written many other tales of the world.  He has also included tales of adventures among wild animals, ferocious reptiles, and curious and savage races of people who inhabit the Dark Continent.  On the second page are illustrations of African people. 

From ERBzine 1151
Excerpts: The Origin of Tarzan: The Mystery of Tarzan's Creation Solved
by Sarkis Atamian with Foreword by George T. McWhorter
Copyright 1997 by Sarkas Ataman ~ Published by Publication Consultants 

PO Box 221974 ~ Anchorage, Alaska  99522-1974
With few exceptions, five generations of critics have laid much of Burroughs' inspiration at the doorsteps of Kipling, Haggard, and Wells. But Mr. Atamian points the arrow directly at two lesser know writers, Paul Du Chaillu and J. W. Buell, as the major sources, both direct and subliminal, of the Burroughs mind-fix. He shows that Buell and Du Chaillu provided essential background reading which Burroughs used systematically for his themes, situations and, significantly, for his nomenclature. 
From the Foreword of The Origin of Tarzan
George T. McWhorter, Curator
Burroughs Memorial Collection
University of Louisville
Page 84 and 85:
". . .  ERB wrote the Return [of Tarzan], from start to finish, in 70 days! That is as fast as lightning for a novel given the complexities of the plot. ERB could not have had time for a leisurely stroll through the book shelves doing "research," in a dozen books -- he wouldn't even have time for a quick reading of them. But he could and did read one book (or had already read it) which contained most of the important items he needed for more than half of the Return after Tarzan's dissipation in Paris. The book was Buell's Heroes! And there are traces of it in the Beasts [of Tarzan] and [The Jewels of] Opar, and even Tarzan [of the Apes]. 

"In summation, there could be hundreds of words from a dozen different sources which coincidentally could be used by ERB. But here, there are two books (Paul Du Chaillu's Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa and J. W. Buell's Heroes of the Dark Continent) in which all these words and ideas can be related to their contexts in ERB. And these original contexts and sources appear within 30 to 100 pages of each other (depending on the book), which contain all the original cognates, themes, and symbols. 

"In varying degrees, all of the first six Tarzan books in the chronology have a Buell influence. The least of these is Mirambo-Aruwimi in Tarzan of the Apes and Baynes (and a companion) who hunt big game together in the Son of Tarzan, the fourth book in the chronology. Admittedly, these are weak. In the second volume, the Return , of the 26 chapters, only the first six have no connection Buell. In the remaining 20, the actions, plots, themes, and names are all in Buell from the theme of castaways, to cannibalism: from the lost and ruined city of Opar and its treasure vaults to La; from Arabs to Manyuema; from fifty frightful men and dwarfs to superior breeding males. In the Beasts, Kai-Shang and Fuchan are minor parts, but totally related to Buell and vital in identifying a major source. In Opar, the entire theme of Opar, La, and the historical allusions and La's appearance and statements, as well as the high-priestesses and Amazonian theme is totally related to Buell. In Jungle Tales, of 12 chapters, five of them revolve around central characters, themes and names from Buell, form the N'Ganga to Du Chaillu's Bukawai; from exploding bullets to Teeka; from Rabba Kega in Tarzan and the Black Boy, to Jungle Joke. In chapters five, six, seven (of Jungle Tales), which form a trilogy, the main names, themes and plots are entirely from Buell, from witchcraft to Tibo." 

The Story of Man ~ 1889 ~ Philadelphia: Historical Publishing Co. ~ 720 pages  tanned with 600 detailed Black and White engravings and numerous colored plates.
A Nemesis of Misgovernment ~ 1904 ~ Buel wrote this after he visited Europe at the turn of the century. It is mostly about Czarist Russia before the Revolution. There are over 150 B/W illustrations - some are full page showing life in Russia at the time
Beautiful Paris ~ 1894 ~ Galveston: J. Singer Book Co. ~ Introduction by J. W. Buel ~ 400 views taken by A. Pepper, Official Photogarphyer of the French Government.
Sea and Land ~ 1887 ~ Photos  
The Savage World ~ 1891 ~ Historical Publishing Co.
A complete Natural History of the World’s Creatures, fishes, reptiles, insects, birds and mammals. . Founded upon the theory of the progression of species and in accordance with genetic revelation scriptural truths and the harmony of nature with introduction decribing the geological ages, changes in earth’s crust, fossil remains of extinct animals and monsters of the ancient seas. Embellished with over 1500 Elegant Engravings and 2 magnificent colored plates (#53 & #54). Copyrighted 1891 by H S Smith published by Historical Publishing Co.
Conquering The Dark Continent ~ 1899 ~  Illustrated with Black and White Drawings ~ Official Publishing Company England's battle with the Boers in the Transvaal including an exhaustive history of the settlement of Cape Colony, wars with the kaffirs, Matabeles, Zulus, the diamond and gold mines of South Africa and a history of exploration, discovery, conquest and development by all the famous travelers that have traversed the Dark Continent, etc
Heroes of the Plains: Life and Wonderful Adventures of Wild Bill, Bufallo Bill and Exploits of Gen Custer, Kit Carson, California Joe, Capt. Jack, Capt. D.L., Payne, and White Beaver. ~  1882

The Story of ManA Nemesis of MisgovernmentSea and Land illustration

A chimpanzee capturing a woman ~ Sea and Land illustration

America's Wonderland: 1893 Photos by J. W. Buel
Read the Paul Du Chaillu Features in ERBzine: 
ERBzine 0872
ERBzine 0872a
ERBzine 0872m
ERBzine 1151
Ben(jamin) Burbridge
Gorilla: Tracking and Capturing The Great Ape-Man of Africa [Big Game Hunting in British East Africa and The Congo] ~ 1928.~ London: George G. Harrap & Co also NY: Century Co. ~ Photographic frontispiece of the author, standing in tropical kit with a very small live gorilla, 44 other vivid photographic plates on 31 leaves, many of them of downed big game, including Buffalo, Lion, and Elephant, and a double-page map of this region of Africa. The author has a splendidly vivid turn of phrase: "A low earthquaking sound rumbled from somewhere out there among the hills Coming out of a silence that was oppressive in its intensity, it seemed a world of untold eloquence and meaning, descriptive of but one part of the broad universe - The Savage Soul of Africa I called Simba, my gun-boy. "Lion!" I said. He stood leaning againdst the tent-ple, a lithe figure of ebony against the bright dazzle of blazing fires " Czech: "An often overlooked big game hunting title, probably due to its title. More than half the contents are devoted to the author's trek through British East Africa, where he bagged Rhinoceros, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, and Hippopotamus, as well as Plains Game. After this Sporting interlude, he proceeded to Mt. Karissimbi, and The Ituri Forest in The Congo, after Gorilla.
The Gorilla Hunt: Alternate Title: Burbridge's African gorilla hunt  ~ 1926 ~ 5 Reels ~ reputed to be the earliest motion picture of great apes in the wild, photographed and directed by Ben Burbridge 
Summary: Ben Burbridge leads an expedition into Africa in search of six gorillas to bring back alive to captivity. On the way to the interior, the Burbridge party meets with a tribe of pygmies, whose friendship is purchased by means of a gift of salt and safety pins. Other events of interest include: the shooting of an elephant and three lions, the strange contortions of a python, the fording of a stream thick with crocodiles, and the eventual capture of the baby gorillas. 
Article Excerpt:  Missing Links: The Jungle Origins of King Kong
". . . Closer to KING KONG was MAN HUNT, a 1926 release of FBO Studio (forerunner of KONG's RKO), which followed the adventures of a real-life Carl Denham type named Ben Burbridge, who travels into Africa in search of gorillas to bring back alive in captivity. After thrilling encounters with various jungle inhabitants (elephants, pythons, crocodiles), Burbridge accomplishes his task, catching six gorillas for his return to civilization. . . ."
Thornton W. Burgess January 14, 1874-June 5, 1965
Blacky the Crow
Bobby Coon
Bowser the Hound
Chatterer The Little Red Squirrel 1915
Grandfather Frog
Happy Jack
Jimmy Skunk (2 copies)
Johnny Chuck
Lightfoot the Deer
Mother West Wind "How" Stories 1916
Mother West Wind "When" Stories
Mother West Wind "Where" Stories
Mother West Wind's Animal Friends
Mrs. Peter Rabbit
Ol' Mistah Buzzard
Old Granny Fox
Old Man Coyote
Old Mr. Toad
Paddy the Beaver
Poor Mrs. Quack
Prickly Porky
Reddy Fox 1917
Sammy Jay
The Adventures of Bob White
The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse
The Adventures of Mistah Buzzard
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad
The Boy Scouts in a Trapper's Camp
The Boy Scouts on the Lost Trail
The Goop Encyclopedia
Tommy and the Wishing Stone
West Wind's Children
Whitefoot the Wood Mouse

Thornton Waldo BurgessThornton Waldo Burgess is the son of Caroline F. Haywood and Thornton W. Burgess Sr. a direct descendent of Thomas Burgess. (one  of the first settlers of Sandwich, Massachusetts in 1637.) He was born  in Sandwich on January 14, 1874 and died June 5, 1965, at the age of 91. Burgess was brought up by his mother in Sandwich after his father died in the year of his birth. They both lived in humble circumstances with  relatives or paying rent. As a youth he worked year round in order to earn money. Some of his jobs included tending cows, picking arbutus or berries, shipping water lilies from local ponds, selling candy and trapping muskrats. William C. Chipman, one of his employers, lived on Discovery Hill Road a wildlife habitat of woodland and wetland. This habitat became the setting of so many of his stories in which he refers to Smiling Pool and the Old Briar Patch. Graduating from Sandwich High  School in 1891, Burgess attended a Business College in Boston from 1892-93. At the age of 17 Burgess briefly lived in Boston and then moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. He bought a place in Hampden, Massachusetts in 1925 and made it his permanent home in 1957. Returning frequently to Sandwich, Burgess claimed that to be his birth  place and spiritual home. After his death the Massachusetts Audubon Society purchased his Hampden home and established the Laughing Brook Nature Center at that location. Many of his childhood experiences and the people he knew influenced his interest and concern  for wildlife.

He was a naturalist and conservationist, loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for daily columns in newspapers. Many of his outdoor observations in nature were used as plots for his stories. In his first book, Old Mother West Wind, published in 1910, the  reader meets many of the characters found in later books and stories.  These characters include Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay,   Bobby Raccoon, Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle and of course, Old Mother West Wind and her Merry Little Breezes.

Burgess Text & Illustrations online:

Thomas Burke  1886 - 1945
Limehouse Nights 1916/1927 A collection of stories Robert M. McBride & Co Illustrated by Mahlon Blaine 
"One of the most frankly and brutally realistic books that has appeared in our tongue in a long time. But Burke has cast a glamour over his pages that prevents his stories from being merely studies in the sordid and the morbid. Somehow he makes you feel that he has viewed life with pity and tenderness and loving comprehension." -- Bookman
Selections from Limehouse Nights were reissued are Broken Blossoms (Richards, 1920) and In Chinatown (Richards, 1921)
Online eText: The Chink and the Child from Limehouse Nights

The Chink & the Child
The Father of Yoto
Gracie Goodnight
The Paw
The Cue
Beryl, the Croucher & the Rest of England
The Sign of the Lamp
Tai Fu & Pansy Greers
The Bird
Gina of the Chinatown
The Knight-Errant
The Gorilla & the Girl
Old Joe
The Yellow Scarf
A Game of Poker
Katie the Kid
The Heart of a Child
The Dumb Wife
A Family Affair
The Little Flowers of France
The Perfect Girl
The Affair at the Warehouse
Big Boy Blue
The Scarlet Shoes
The Good Samaritans
Twelve Golden Curls
Miss Plum-Blossom
The Cane
The Song of Ho Ling

More Limeouse Nights: 1921
282 page sequel to the famous Limehouse Nights collection of Oriental mystery tales
Online eText Poems
Thomas Burke's short story collections of mystery, horror & the supernatural
The Song Book of Quong Lee
No Way Back (1949) (story Beryl and the Croucher) 
Broken Blossoms (1936) (novel The Chink and the Child) 
London (1926) 
Twinkletoes (1926) (novel Twinkletoes, a Tale of Chinatown) 
Dream Street (1921) (novel) 
Broken Blossoms (1919) (story The Chink and the Child) 
... aka Chink and the Child, The (1919) 
... aka Scarlet Blossoms (1919) 
... aka Yellow Man and the Girl, The (1919) 

Thomas Burke: 'My encounters in this city of all souls have been amusing, stimulating, ludicrous, beautiful, disturbing, and queer.' Thus wrote Thomas Burke (1886–1945), referring to the people, places, and things of London; or, more specifically, the area of London known as Limehouse, which in Burke's youth was the haunt of sailors, dock-workers, and Chinese immigrants. It was a world of sights and sounds that entranced and enthralled the young boy, who would wander at will through its crowded streets, welcomed by the inhabitants and drinking in their language, customs, and traditions. In 1916 he published Limehouse Nights, a collection of tales based on his experiences in the district; but he was saddened to find that the world of which he had written had already, for the most part, disappeared.

Burke was always fascinated by the dark underside of life, and this found expression in many of his tales, which feature the uncanny, the outré, and the grotesque. In The Golden Gong, Jessica Amanda Salmonson has gathered together twenty-one of Burke’s tales of the weird and the supernatural, including such classics as 'The Hands of Mr Ottermole' and 'The Hollow Man'. Also included is a reminiscence by publisher Grant Richards, who recognised the brilliance of Limehouse Nights after it had been turned down by several other publishers; and in an extensive introduction, Salmonson looks at the colourful, and sometimes contradictory, life of Thomas Burke.



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