Little Robin Stay-Behind and Other Plays in Verse for Children by Katharine Lee Bates, 1923 first edition.


Written by Katharine Lee Bates. First edition, 1923. The Womans Press, New York, for the National Board of the Young Womens Christian Association of the USA (YWCA).

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"The Scene is a henyard whose character is made quite unmistakable by a few stray feathers and by dishes of water and chicken meal. Foreground Left, an overturned clothes basket disguised as a hencoop. Foreground Right, a high piece of furniture which an active child might climb and which a still more active imagination might conceive to be a stunted tree."

Bates wrote the twelve plays contained in this book, with proceeds going to the YWCA. All but one of the plays were previously published in The Women's Press. "The Bonbon Tree" was published in The Churchman as "Santa's Christmas Party" in December, 1917.

Katharine Lee Bates (1859 – 1929) was a respected American educator, author, social reformer, and public speaker, and author of "America the Beautiful". Bates was a graduate of Wellesley College where she would teach English literature until her retirement in 1925, helping develop American literature into an area of study and writing one of the first college textbooks on it. She never married; in her time, women academics who married lost tenure.
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Condition*: Very Good. Missing dust jacket. Tan cover boards with black decoration w/ tan paper paste down title on the spine: Moderate shelf wear; rubbed along fore edges; bumped at corners; light soiling from handling. Discoloration on first front fly leaf, name written on second fly leaf, pencil mark on page 69, else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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