Still(ed) Lives

  title={Still(ed) Lives},
  author={Susan M. Stabile},
  journal={Early American Literature},
  pages={371 - 395}
One early morning in 1840, a group of bewildered villagers stood on the shore of the Merrimack River watching a canal boat from Boston arrive at the Lowell storehouse wharf. Besides the wild menagerie of stuffed lions, tigers, camels, and snakes, the boat “had on board quite a number of passengers, among them Miss Charlotte Temple [and] Miss Eliza Wharton, of Reading. . . . These ladies were not in the flesh, to be sure, but in a very good quality of wax, and although great pains were taken by… Expand


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