HANNAH WHITALL SMITH by Logan Pearsall-Ed. Smith

HANNAH WHITALL SMITH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Before his death Logan Pearsall Smith had edited a collection of his Mother's letters for publication and this is the volume, now introduced in a biographical preface by Robert Gathorne-Hardy. It is a correspondence, addressed to family and friends, which is a joy to read, for although Mrs. Smith was a Quaker of wide renown (her book, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life was, and still is, tremendously popular) she did not sink her whole personality into her religion and her sparkle and frolicsome qualities come through with great charm. From her girlhood, through her marriage and children, births and deaths, all along her travels in Europe and America, her letters carry little personal touches of both her private and public life that will delight the reader. Not that she is unaware of topics of the times, for there is much of them, but her whole approach is so lively and interested that there is no feeling of over-sedateness on any subject. An intimate, captivating picture of a woman and her times.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1950
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace