"the blessed fruits of religion and discipline . . ."
Published at the end of 1850, The Wide, Wide World by Susan Warner
went through fourteen editions in two years, and may ultimately have been as
popular as Uncle Tom's Cabin with 19th century American readers. The
novel's central character, Ellen Montgomery, is about the same age as Little Eva, but her story resembles Uncle Tom's. At its beginning she is driven by circumstance from her home and mother. In the course of her pilgrimage through the wide world, she learns to submit her will, and so through suffering she is made pure. She is not so much moving upward to heaven, though, as toward the status of refined Christian lady. Unlike Tom's, her story doesn't end with death, but on the verge of adulthood and marriage. The five chapters included here are among the many that focus on her loss of home and her education through exile and suffering.
[text:] The Wide, Wide World, by "Elizabeth Wetherell"
[pseud. for Susan Warner] (New York: George P. Putnam, 1851)
[illustrations from:] The Wide, Wide World . . . New
Edition, illustrated by Frederick Dielman (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott