1905 High School Composition Book of a Young Creative Writer with Fictional Stories and Real-Life Accounts of Life in Francisville, Indiana

By: Gladys Casteel

Price: $585.99

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good+


On offer is an excellent example of English composition writing in early 20th century America. The author of this notebook is Gladys Casteel. She was born Mabel Gladys Casteel in 1888 in Redmon IL and lived in several communities in Illinois and Indiana. She was married at age 22 to Silas Kopka in 1910. Gladys Casteel Kopka passed away in Francisville IN 1965 at the age of 76. Our informal research has not turned up any additional biographical information. However, she helpfully includes an autobiographical story that covers her early life. This notebook is entitles "Compositions" and signed by her. It contains a number of stories. From a comment made in her "My Biography" this was written while she was high school. Some stories refer to Francisville, others to general themes such as "Our Flag" while another makes indirect reference to Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of The Seven Gables", published in 1851, a book that was popular in America. Her stories are well-written, showing a very good command of language and grammar and an ability to turn a good phrase: "…Being the youngest of four children & they all grown, I expect I was what they called spoilt - well not exactly that, but greatly humoured…" [My Biography]; "...I had just returned from a visit to Indiana in the Summer of [intentially blank]. My return was on the 14th of July & Barnum & Bailey Circus was to entertain the people of Kankakee Illinois. Much to my delight papa decided to go and take my two nephews and myself. As you can imagine we did not sleep much that night ..." [Circus Day]. She goes on to give an excellent description of the arrival of Barnum & Baily's world-famous circus and the main performance 'under the big top' Other stories are clearly fiction although some may be loosely based on life and experiences in her community. She also mentions a number of people and places by name. However, it is quite possible that these individuals are fictional creations for her stories. They could however offer a genealogist a possible starting point in research of this are. For a social or education historian, this composition notebook offers an excellent look into the quality of language and writing education that was being taught in small high schools across the United States at that time. It is certainly a benchmark for education historians and those interested in comparing education today vs that of nearly a century ago. Measuring 8.25 inches by 7.0 inches, this soft-covered notebook contains 96 pages and is 100% complete. The covers are in good condition, the binding intact and the pages also in good condition. The handwriting is quite legible. ; Manuscripts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 96 pages; Signed by Author

Title: 1905 High School Composition Book of a Young Creative Writer with Fictional Stories and Real-Life Accounts of Life in Francisville, Indiana

Author Name: Gladys Casteel

Categories: 20th Century Diary, 20th Century Manuscript, M. Benjamin Katz, Books & Manuscripts,

Publisher: Francisville, Indiana, Francisville, Indiana, 1905: 1905

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Good+

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011024

Keywords: Gladys Casteel; Silas Kopka; Francisville IN; Barnum & Bailey Circus; Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Writer, Female Voices, High School Students, 20th Century Female Writers, Composition Books, Academics, US School System, American Schools, English Literature Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Writer, Hand Written, Documents, Signed, Letters, Manuscripts, Historical, Holograph, Writers, Autographs, Personal, Memoir, Memorial, Antiquité, Contrat, Vélin, Document, Manuscrit Papier Oggetto D'antiquariato, Atto, Velina, Documento, Manoscritto, Carta Antigüedad, Hecho, Vitela, Documento, Manuscrito, Papel, Americana, US History, American History, Women's Studies, Female History, American Women In History