Peter Bell the Fourth by Jenny Lind Porter of Austin
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This is a very interesting book titled "Peter Bell The Fourth" by Jenny Lind Porter. It has a copyright of 1955 and was published by The Steck Company of Austin, Texas.
From the title page:Like Coleridge, Wordsworth believed that "the imagination is the distinguishing characteristic of man as a progressive being." In his "Peter Bell, a Tale" (1798), the central character lacks both imagination and sympathy, particularly with reference to the beauties of nature. John Hamilton Reynolds composed "Peter Bell, a Lyrical Ballad" (1819) in cleaver though often cruel mockery of the characters, diction, and artistic creed of Wordsworth. "Peter Bell the Third" (1819) is Shelley’s keen satire on the artist who forsakes great aims and finds temporal applause for his dullness. "Peter Bell the Fourth" brings us a new Peter Bell in a new setting: with the "blinking owls" and "hooded eagles" of a large modern university.
Dr. Jenny Lind Porter of Austin was both an author and professor of English at Huston-Tillotson College. Governor John Connally appointed her as Poet Laureate of Texas in 1964. Some of her other work includes The Lantern of Diogenes, Azle and the Attic Room, and The Trellis of Memory. Dr. Porter was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985.
The book is in good condition – inside and out. The upper right corner of the front cover has been bent and has been taped from behind to keep it from breaking off. There is some surface wear to the front cover which can bee seen in the photo. The interior pages are clean – no writing or dog-ears. Some of the pages have a light water stain along the outer edge. There are in the margin and not that noticeable. The book measures 7x10" in size and has 16 pages.
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