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A Chautauqua Idyl was Grace's second book, but the first book published under her own name.

It was written to earn the money for a family trip from their home in Florida to New York for the 1887 Recognition Day at Chautauqua. Grace, her father, and her aunt (Pansy) were slated to graduate from its Literary Circle and she was determined to be there in person for the all of the pageantry of the celebration. She even read a poem written for the occasion as part of the ceremony.

Grace hand-painted the cover of her own personal copy of the book to reflect its subject—the trees, the flowers, and the animals meeting for their own Chautauqua.

2017 GLH "M" Reading List

We're reading all of the books beginning with "M" this year, arranged in chronological order with our usual "bonus books" for the winter.

January:
1908 - Marcia Schuyler (Bonus: read the next book in the trilogy - Phoebe Deane)

February:
1912 - The Mystery of Mary (Bonus: for a GLH similar in style, read 1914's The Best "M"an)

March:
1914 - The Man of the Desert (Bonus: read the connected book, A Voice in the Wilderness)

April:
1915 - Miranda (final book in the Marcia Schuyler trilogy)

May:
1933 - Matched Pearls

June:
1936 - Mystery Flowers

July:
1938 - Marigold

August:
1938 - Maris

September:
1938 - The Minister's Son - (look for it in the paperback "The Honeymoon House" published by Tyndale/Living Books in 1984 -  ISBN 0-8423-1366-4, and read the rest of the 1930's short stories, if you like)

October:
1944 - More Than Conqueror (Bonus: read the connected book, By Way of the Silverthorns)

November:
1948 - Mary Arden

December:
1949 Miss Lavinia's Call (which happens to include four Christmas stories!)