Item #17601 Elsie Ainslie, a Victim of Social Wrong. Sara L. Mecracken.
Elsie Ainslie, a Victim of Social Wrong.
Elsie Ainslie, a Victim of Social Wrong.

Elsie Ainslie, a Victim of Social Wrong.

Springfield, Mass. Star Publishing Co., [1885]. First edition. Some toning and chipping to wrappers. Very clean throughout. A very good copy of a scarce sensational novel that critiques the dangers and injustices of marriage under the patriarchy. Blue-green wrappers printed in red. 4 3⁄4 x 6." 108 pp. Item #17601

The titular Elsie Ainslie is pressured into marriage at the age of sixteen by an older man named Albert. After their wedding, he isolates her from her family and keeps her trapped inside his home, sometimes drugging her. Unbeknownst to Elsie, Albert also victimizes two young Black women, Mira and Dora, who are pushed to suicide in part due to Albert’s abuse. Albert eventually murders Elsie’s father (and three other people) and, at the end, faces narrative retribution through his death by alcoholism.

We could not locate any information about Sarah L. Mecracken, including dates. This appears to be her only published work. OCLC records eight physical copies, only one west of the Mississippi (the Huntington). Wright III, 3679.

Price: $750.00

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