Detroit: Lyman E. Stowe, 1915. First edition. 8vo, original gray cloth over limp boards, black lettering, 253, , 55, , 10 pages (including ads and testimonials for Stowe’s works). Extensively illus. A fine copy. Item #18718
“So common was it for men to have presentiments of their own death, that nearly every old soldier can relate some instances of this kind. Karmenia was always warning me that this comrade or that comrade would be killed in battle today, and I so often repeated it to my comrades that they would cry out, ‘Oh Stowe, don’t. You never make a mistake.’” The eccentric memoir of the Flint, Michigan, man perhaps best remembered for his eccentric poetic opus Poetical Drifts of Thought (Detroit 1884), with accounts here of his spirit familiar and much on his contact with the spirit world, as well as his materialistic views of the universe, his childhood, and his service with the Second Michigan Infantry in the Civil War. (Stowe’s accounts of the war suggest to the reader versed in the language of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder a likely source for the curious psychic unease seen throughout his literature.) Not found in Kaplan, Bibliography of American Autobiographies, or in Smith, American Fiction 1901-1925, or in Broadfoot, Civil War Books.