Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jacob Abbott and the Pseudonym Erodore

Jacob Abbott has been mentioned previously. Although best known for his Rollo books, he authored numerous other series and single titles.

His early books from the 1820's and 1830's can be found easily today but the first editions of those titles are somewhat scarce. Not well known is that he wrote some titles early on using the pseudonyms of Erodore and Marianne. These books are seen rarely.

Apparently Abbott was teaching philosophy and mathematics at Amherst College when in 1924 he joined a secret literary society at the Andover Theological Seminary. A requirement at the Society was that each member create a palindromic pseudonym. Thus, Erodore was created. Using the Erodore name he wrote the book shown here.

For details about Abbott's "Erodore" books see A Bibliography of Jacob Abbott by Carl Weber.

Here is one of those very scarce Erodore books.


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