Beyond the Store Light and Other Poems. VERNACULAR POETRY - VICE, PROSTITUTION.

Beyond the Store Light and Other Poems

Millersburg, Indiana: by the Author, 1901. First Edition. A collection of lyrics, mostly on moral themes, by this apparently self-trained Indiana poet. Though rife with misspellings and grammatical lapses, these poems have a distinct charm, stemming mostly from their apparently innocent preoccupation with the ephemerality of womanly virtue. Beginning with the title poem -- a narrative meditation upon the potentially dire consequences of a young woman walking the streets alone after dark -- and continuing through such compositions as "To a Deflourer" [sic], "Weakness Is Sin," "Alas, For My Fallen Friend!," and "A Social Law Exposed," the repeated theme (indeed, to the point of obsession) is the fragility of woman's honor. Apparently the author's first book, issued in an edition of a few hundred copies. Woodcox would go on to author a number of further volumes of poetry, philosophical essays, and spiritual meditations. Slim 12mo (18cm). Original binding of blue cloth over boards, decoratively lettered in black on front cover; 63pp; floral endpapers; portrait frontispiece. Brief horizontal tear to fore-edge of author's portrait; text slightly tanned throughout; Very Good.

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