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Volume 39, Number 2 (2014)

“The True History of My Brother Tom’s Dog”: A Lost Autobiographical Tale by Catharine Parr Traill

June 25, 2015
October 1, 2014


This piece comprises a reprint of a “lost” autobiographical tale by Catherine Parr Trail, accompanied by a critical introduction. The introduction addresses: 1) what the story adds to our knowledge of the Stricklands’ life in England; 2) what factors contributed to the story’s appearance in a Boston paper; and 3) the differences between this piece and Traill’s other writing for children. Notably, the identification of this piece has led to the uncovering of a second unknown Traill story that draws on similar biographical detail.