John Greenleaf Whittier (1897-1892) was an American poet, editor, and political activist. During the early part of his career as a poet Whittier established the Liberty party (1840), helped support John C. Fremont’s presidential bid (1856), and founded Atlantic Monthly (1857). Perhaps as indirect result of these activities, Whittier’s poetry was not well received by the public and critics until after the Civil War when his poetry focused on religion and nature (poets.org).
His poem “Mabel Martin” was printed as a single illustrated volume in 1876 by J.R. Osgood & Co. It is in a beautiful blind tooled leather binding with gilt foreedges, gold end bands, and vibrant marbled paper. “Mabel Martin” is about the daughter of woman who was tried as a witch. She is an outcast in her community and prays for death. The poem concludes with her betrothal to Esek Harden.
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