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Portrait Authors
Portrait Authors. West and Lee Game Co., 1873.

Portrait Authors is somewhat different from a typical Authors deck because the 'books' involve authors from different genres, including Poets, Humorists, Historians, Journalists, Biographers and Story Writers. Somewhat obscure writers featured in the game include Edward Eggleston, George William Curtis, James Parton, and John T. Trowbridge.

The portrait card shows the class into which that author has been placed, as well as three other authors in the same class. Each author featured in the game has a matching card with a nice biographical sketch of their life, including some of their important books and publications.

Below are three examples of author and biography cards, and corresponding books in the Lilly Library collection.

Mark Twain cards

Celebrated Jumping Frog
Mark Twain. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches. London: G. Routledge and Sons, 1867.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, became one of the most celebrated authors and humorists of the 19th century.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches was originally published in 1865 in The New York Saturday Press. The short story was one of Twain's earliest and helped establish his reputation as a humorist.

J. R. Lowell cards

The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell, illustrated by George Cruikshank. The Biglow Papers. London: John Camden Hotten, 1861.

James Russell Lowell was known as an American Romantic poet, a satirist, and an abolitionist, the later two traits characterizing this political satire. George Cruikshank is one of the most famous 19th century British illustrators, and was known for his work with Charles Dickens.

J. G. Whittier cards

John Greenleaf Whittier. Snow–Bound: A Winter Idyl. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866.

Also an abolitionist, Whittier was an American Quaker poet in New England. Snow–Bound is his best known poem, portraying his family during a snowstorm.

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