THE CABLE STORY BOOK. Selections for School Reading, with the Story of the Author's Life. Edited by Mary E. Burt and Lucy Leffingwell Cable. This volume is from 1899. No illustrations are included in this Kindle version.

The Cable Story Book has been prepared in response to a revival of interest in Mr. Cable's works among his early admirers, as
well as to the newly awakened enthusiasm of a younger audience and the urgent demand from various sources for selections from his books for school-readers.

Southern life and Southern history have never heretofore been well represented in school reading. The Adirondacks, the Catskills,
and the Hudson have become enchanted regions to school students through the works of Washington Irving, John Burroughs, and Charles Dudley Warner. Hawthorne has
created an American Wonderland in New England. Longfellow has brought Grand Pre and all Acadia into the schoolroom through
Evangeline, and he has interpreted Indian life to us through Hiawatha; but the great balmy South, with its "endless colonnades of cypresses, -- long motionless drapings of gray
moss, -- and constellations of water-lilies," has been a matter of dry geographical statistics, and not the land of song. To read Cable is to live in the South, to bask in its sunshine, eat of its
figs and pomegranates, and dream its dreams. No other writer has so recorded its pulse-beats. This book comes to fill a great gap, to furnish the interpretation of a wide district of our country before unrepresented in our schools. For these reasons the stories are pre-eminently profitable school reading.

Then, Cable's way of placing what is vital in character before the child's mind (I might better say the child's heart), at the same time that he bends down the boughs of the magnolia or orange-tree to regale him with its sweet odors, is transcendent. The child breathes in the very atmosphere of the South, but, what is of
more significance, he breathes in the virtue and nobility of the writer. In no case have I ever edited a book for schools where I have felt more deeply the importance of the work. It has been a matter of the most enthusiastic pride with me. This book is one that I love. A country is sweet and beautiful and worthy
of our patriotic devotion only as far as it is the home of noble souls. Those of our writers who have portrayed its natural beauty and illuminated what is heroic in its commonplaces, in a way to endear the very ground to our feet, deserve the first recognition in our schools.

I have spoken only of the needs of the schools of our own country; but I have often observed in book-stores and at book-stalls in England and Scotland that of the few American writers who receive acknowledgment there, Mr. Cable's books always stand side by side with Hawthorne's, Longfellow's, Burroughs',
and Howells'. As I travelled through those countries last summer, wherever I went I met constant mention and praise of Mr. Cable's
stories as he had read them among all classes.

- The Children's New Orleans
- The Story of Bras-Coupe
- Jeanah Poquelin
- New Orleans before the Capture
- Gregory's Island
- The Story of the Author's Life

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  • Publication Date: July 16, 2009
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 195 Pages
  • File Size: 153 KB

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