New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1897. First edition. Hardcover. xxi, 286, pp., 1 leaf advert at rear; octavo, original brown cloth with gilt title, top edge gilt. Very good, quite clean and unworn. Item #22692
Helen Stuart Campbell (1839-1918), American author, literary editor, and social reformer. Her early writing, beginning in 1864 was published under her married name, Helen C. Weeks, and was primarily for juvenile readers. In the early 1880s she became interested in social issues and home economics and the economics of poverty. In 1882 she published "The Problem of the Poor, a record of quiet work in unquiet places," other works on the same theme followed, then in 1889 "Prisoners of Poverty: Women wage-workers, their trades and their lives," and in 1893 "Women wage-earners: their past, their present, and their future." These works helped expose the entrenched poverty that plagued many unfortunates during the Gilded Age. The present volume applies her practical approach to all aspects of the household, from home design and construction, furnishing, heating, food and its preparation. Scarce.