By Fanny Fern
In Ruth Hall, one of many bestselling novels of the 1850s, Fanny Fern drew seriously on her personal reviews: the loss of life of her first baby and her cherished husband, a sour estrangement from her relatives, and her fight to make a dwelling as a author. Written as a sequence of brief vignettes and snatches of overheard conversations, it's as unconventional well-liked as in substance and strikingly sleek in its impression.
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The rectos of ff. 1 and 2 were given an additional single horizontal rule at the foot and a double one at the head, but only the second of these pages was called into use for the table of contents. At the time scribe A compiled the bulk of this table, at a single sitting, the collection was for the most part complete and he must have known that a single page would suffice. Only the unnumbered ballad (no. 10B), 'Another of R H & the Pinder', is not given a separate entry. The titles of the last two ballads Page xxv Plate 2.
Not only the order of the garland texts is changed: only four of the Forresters texts are clearly taken from a garland (the last four come from the 1670 version): of the other twelve ballads which correspond with the garland contents, only numbers 13, Robin Hood and the Begger and 15, Robin Hood and Will Scathlock have any textual links, and those uncertainly, with the garlands. They and the other ten Forresters ballads that appear in the two early garlands often closely resemble the separately sold printed sheets known as broadsides: these textual connections are discussed in the Introduction to each ballad.
Acknowledgement is made to the Bodleian Library for permission to reproduce the cover illustration and to the British Library for permission to print the text of the ballads from the manuscript in their possession, and to reproduce Plates 1 and 2. STEPHEN KNIGHT UNIVERSITY OF WALES, CARDIFF Page xi General Introduction Contents The Forresters manuscript contains twenty-two ballads that are numbered on the manuscript's table of contents from 1 to 21 (see Plate 1): there are two versions of Robin Hood and the Pinder of Wakefield, here numbered 10A and 10B.
Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time (Penguin Classics) by Fanny Fern