The nineteenth-century version of an on-line romance, The Nana Letters. is an edition of a letter collection that reads like a novel with romance, intrigue, and tragic death.
Beginning with an ad in a personals newspaper, this correspondence develops into love and engagement between two people—Nana Todd in Woodstock, Ontario and Grant Henry in Berwick, Iowa—who have never even met one another. Fraught with difficulties—strenuous objections from parents, her need to constantly test his affections, her sister’s theft of her letters—the relationship leads to their eventual marriage; however, their happiness is short-lived because Nana dies of “galloping consumption” (the acute form of tuberculosis) a few months after their marriage.
Nana is an engaging heroine, often a typical Victorian young woman, but also an adroit negotiator who must walk a narrow path between two roles: submissive woman and determiner of her own destiny. This edition contains a complete transcript of the fifty-three letters covering the period February 1887 to August 1888, interspersed with historical and cultural commentary and illustrations.
Associate Professor of English at Tuskegee University
Ph.D. Purdue University
MA Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
BA University of Illinois, Springfield
Author of Fair and Varied Forms: Visual Textuality in Medieval Illuminated Manscripts published by Routledgeread more