Kate Douglas Wiggin

Penelope by Kate Douglas Wiggin

I was having a wander around in the ManyBooks site the other night and I came across Kate Douglas Wiggin. As you can see I have a lovely copy of her book Penelope’s Experiences in Scotland which I think is sometimes known as Penelope’s Progress, if you’re interested in reading it you can download it from here. It begins a bit strangely but it’s not long before they reach Edinburgh and the Scottish experiences and history.

I also have a matching copy of Penelope’s Experiences in England, I read them ages ago but seem to remember enjoying them. At the time I didn’t realise that Wiggin also wrote Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

I have to admit that I bought my books purely because they’re so gorgeous in green binding with rose and thistle gold decoration and gold edged pages, all very art nouveau, I would still have bought them even if I had had a Kindle then. I just can’t say no to lovely books.

6 thoughts on “Kate Douglas Wiggin

  1. Manybooks has lots by her! Will give them a try. She went to seminary in a small town that we go to in Maine when at the lake! I don’t think the seminary is still there though.
    You would love my unedited George MacDonald books, they are green with gold writing.

    • Peggy Ann,
      She seems to have got about a lot too! I’m interested to know who published your George MacDonald books. These ones were published by Gay and Bird in London, I don’t recall seeing them before.

  2. That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the picture of the book. Beautiful binding, color, design. Even the fact it may be used gives it a history along with its beauty!

    • Lorraine,
      I’d really rather have something which is pre-loved than something brand new. I love raking around in junky shops and antiques fairs, everything has a history to be imagined!

    • Anbolyn,
      Yes and I really didn’t try to resist, why bother when you don’t see many lovely old books nowadays, you’ve got to snap them up while you can!

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