Place and Imprint: Cambridge: Charles W. Sever, 1875.
Edition: First edition, privately printed.
Bibliographical References: OCLC records eight copies (LC, Chicago, Boston PL, Harvard, Colby, UNC Chapel Hill and Brown).
Condition: Wrappers a little browned at the edges and skillfully repaired; very good copy.
Book ID: 28892
Physical Description8vo, original printed wrappers, 32 pages.
CommentsJames Bradstreet Greenough (1833-1901) was a Latin scholar at Harvard and one of the founders of Radcliffe College. He wrote several compositions and short plays intended for private performance by his family and friends, of which The Queen of Hearts is an example. The plot is adapted from the English nursery rhyme of the same title and was also famously used by Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In Greenough's version, the cards come to life and burlesque the human motives and conduct in courtship. Though intended for a private audience only, The Atlantic obtained a copy of The Queen of Hearts and favorably reviewed it, and it was later published by Ginn & Heath (Boston, 1885). Greenough also wrote a clever adaptation of Thackeray's Rose and the Ring (1880).