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Elsie Venner

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) served as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court and as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was nick-named the "Great Dissenter" because of his many dissenting opinions. Holmes is also the author of Kent's Commentaries on the Law (1873) and "The Path of the Law" (1897).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: North Books (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582872341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582872346
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
It has been nearly a year since I read this strange "tail." I came across it by reading an equally strange but interesting book called "Venomous Women," which concerns stories of women who were, by their very natures or through unfortunate circumstances, venomous. Mentioned in that previous book were the woman sent to poison Alexander the Great, Keats' "Lamia," and this book. In the case of this book, poor Elsie is poisoned while still in the womb when her mother is bitten by a rattlesnake. Elsie evidences characteristics of a rattlesnake early in childhood and, if my memory serves me correctly, actually kills her brother by kissing him. The story concerns the coming to town of a young man, who falls in love with Elsie, quite hopelessly in several respects. This encounter eventually leads to a quite chilling encounter on a snake-infested cliff that overhangs Elsie's house. This was a great read, and as it is a signet classic, comes with a perceptive introduction.
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Elsie Venner is an important but sadly neglected novel that I am now pleased to have the chance to read. Sadly, however, this edition has little to recommend it. It is riddled with typos and utterly unreliable if one intends to use it for scholarly purposes. In places, it looks as if someone went crazy with an Auto-Correct program. You would think that an edition of Elsie Venner would refrain from writing the character's last name as "Veneer," but that error arises countless times. I can't understand why anyone would go to the trouble of creating this disaster, when a facsimile edition would have been so much better.
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I never could have guessed that Oliver Wendell Holmes was such a gifted author. He paints scenes with such care and delineates his characters so brilliantly that I can't wait to turn the page. I am reading it slowly and carefully and am learning so much about first rate writing as well as completely engrossed with the mysterious story. I highly recommend this book to 32st century readers. IT is timeless.
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