Book launch: “Diggio, Haybis Korpus & E Plewrisy Unicorn!”
July 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Join us for a brief talk and signing by editor Larry Glatz of Diggio, Haybis Korpus & E Plewrisy Unicorn!: The Thinkin’ and Doin’ of Ethan Spike of Hornby, Oxford County, Maine.
Ethan Spike (1846-1879) was the creation of Matthew Franklin Whittier (younger brother of John Greenleaf Whittier). Whittier’s Spike lived through tumultuous times marked by major events from the Mexican War, to the Gold Rush, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Chinese Exclusion Act. Through his character, Whittier satirized what he perceived to be the backwards views of rural New Englanders.
In this new volume, a large selection of “Ethan Spike” stories, originally published in newspapers such as the Portland Transcript and Weekly Chronotype, are collected in an easy-to-read format. Editor Larry Glatz—winner of the Maine Historical Society’s 2006 James Phinney Baxter Award for historical writing and 2014 Neal W. Allen, Jr., award for historical research—is uniquely suited to the task of introducing Spike to present-day readers. Detailed annotations provide valuable context and interpretation for the events referenced. An extensive annotated bibliography of all known writings by Whittier is also included.