Books Belonging to Constance Fenimore Woolson owned by the Claremont Historical Society – Claremont, New Hampshire
603.543.1400 (summers only)
Compiled by: Kristin M. Comment and Sharon L. Dean
* Indicates that Woolson’s name or initials are written in the book.
[ ] Material in brackets beneath entry indicates other inscriptions or markings in the text.
*About, Edmond. Le Roi des Montagnes. Paris, 1867.
Aeschylus. Les Trag¿dies d’Eschyle. A. D. Bouille, trad. Paris: Hachette, 1878.
*Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. Marjorie Daw and Other Stories. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1985.
_______. A Midnight Fantasy and The Little Violinist. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1877.
*Amiel, Henri-Frederick. Fragments d’un Journal Intime. Vols. I & II. Gen¿ve: H. Georg, 1887.
[A few passages marked in margins.]
An Exquisite Pool. London: Osgood, 1892.
[Paper inserted, “Sincerely yours, G. Frances Poynter.”]
*Aristotle. The Nicomachaean Ethics. The Ethics of Aristotle. George Henry Lewes, ed. London: Walter Scott, [n. d.].
Arnold, Ethel M. Platonics. London: Osgood, 1894.
Balzac, Honor¿ de. Les Chouans. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1874.
*_______. La Cousine Bette. Michel L¿vy, 1875.
_______. La Derni¿re Incarnations de Vautun. Michel L¿vy, 1865.
*_______. Eug¿nie Grandet. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1887.
_______. Jean-Louis. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1867.
_______. Le Lys dans la Val¿e. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1874.
*_______. Le M¿decin. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1884.
_______. Modeste Mignon. Paris: [n.p.], 1874.
_______. Le Rivalit¿s. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1876.
_______. Ursula Mirouet. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1865.
_______. Sc¿nes de la Vie Parisienne et Grandeur et D¿cadence. C¿sar Birotteau, ed. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1875.
_______. Sc¿nes de la Vie Politique: Une T¿n¿breuse Affaire. Paris: Michel L¿vy / Cobb Andrews, 1866.
*_______. Le Vicaire des Ardennes. Michel L¿vy, 1878.
Bazin, Ren¿. Terre D’Espagne. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1899.
[Inscribed “For Clare with love from Bessie.”]
Benedict, Clare. Appreciations of Voices Out of the Past: Constance Fenimore Woolson. The Benedicts Abroad. The Family Trilogy. Leatherhead: F.B. Berger, 1941.
_______. European Backgrounds. Edinburgh: Andrew Elliot, 1912.
_______. The Love Saint. Edinburgh: Andrew Elliot, 1913.
_______, ed. The In Memoriam Library. Lucerne: [n. p.], 1960.
Beranger, P. J. de. Chansons de P. J. de Beranger. Paris: Baudouin Fr¿res, 1826.
*B¿rard-Varagnac. Portraits Litt¿raires. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1887.
Bliss, Philip. The Remains of Thomas Hearne, MA. Vols. 1 & 2. London: John Russell Smith, 1869.
[Inscribed “Oxford 1892.”]
*Bourget, Paul. Essais de Psychologie Contemporaine. Paris: A. Lemerre, 1885. (Baudelaire, Renan, Flaubert, Taine, and Stendhal).
_______. ¿tudes et Portraits. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1889.
_______. Nouveaux Essais de Pyschologie Contemporaine. Paris: A. Lemerre, 1886. (M. Dumas fils, M. Leconte de Lisle, Mm.de Goncourt, Tourgueniev, and Amiel).
*_______. Nouveaux Pastels: Dix Portraits d’Hommes. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1891.
_______. Pastels: Dix Portraits des Femmes. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1889.
_______. Sensations d’Italia. Paris: [n. p.], 1891.
*Bruneti¿re, Ferdinand. Questions de Critique. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1889.
*Burns, Robert. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns. London: Walter Scott, 1885.
[Inscribed “Florence 1887.”]
*Burroughs, John. Locusts and Wild Honey. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1891.
*_______. Wake-Robin. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1884.
*Cable, George W. Old Creole Days. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1885.
*Cellini, Benvenuto. Memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini. London: George Bell & Son, 1883.
[Inscribed “Florence 1887.”]
* Chamber’s Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. Andrew Findlater, ed. London & Edinburgh: W.& R. Chambers, 1890.
[Inscribed “CFW 1890”; some words/meanings/pronunciations written on
back page; also several English vs. American spellings.]
Champfleury, Jules Husson. Les Bourgeois de Molinchart. Paris: Librairie Nouvelle, 1855.
[Inscribed: “The kindness of my French teacher Dr.[?] at Paris, June 1847″; this
book is not initialed as one of Woolson’s and she was not likely in Paris in 1847.]
*Chapsal, Par M., ed. Litterature Fran¿aise ou Choix de Morceaux en Prose et en Vers. New York: Roe Lockwood & Son, 1857.
[Front page has portion cut out under Woolson’s name; her name appears a
second time on page 174; page 175 contains the date “March 17th ’62.”]
*Chatterton, Thomas. The Poetical Works of Thomas Chatterton. London: Walter Scott, 1886.
[Note in front: “Florence 1887.”]
*Chenier, Andre. Poesies de Andre Chenier. Paris: [n. p.], 1884.
*Chesterfield. Letters Written by Lord Chesterfield to His Son. Charles Sayle, ed. London: Walter Scott, [n. d.].
Corneille, Pierre. Cinna, Polyeucte. Paris: Librairie de la Biblioth¿que Nationale, 1882.
_______. Le Cid-Horace. Paris: [n. p.], 1882.
*Crabbe, George. The Poetical Works of George Crabbe. Edward Lamplough, ed. London: Walter Scott, 1888.
*Daudet, Alphonse. Les Amoureuses: Po¿mes et Fantaisies, 1857-1861. Paris: G. Charpentier, 1887.
*_______. Contes du Lundi. Paris: [n. p.], 1885.
_______. L’Evangeliste. Paris: [n. p.], 1883.
*_______. L’Immortel. Paris: [n. p.], 1888.
[Front page contains what appears to be a list of characters with corresponding
*_______. Fromont Jeune et Risler Ain¿. Paris: G. Charpentier, 1885.
*_______. Lettres de Mon Moulin. Paris: J. Hetzel, [n. d].
*_______. Le Nabab. Paris: G. Charpentier, 1881.
*_______. Numa Roumestan. Paris: G. Charpentier, 1884.
*_______. Petit Chose. Paris: [n. p., n. d].
*_______. Souvenirs. d’un Homme de Lettres. Paris: C. Marpon et E. Flammarian, [n. d].
*_______. Tartarin sur les Alpes. Paris: C. Marpon, 1886.
[Inscribed “Geneva 1886.”]
*_______. Trente Ans de Paris. Paris: [n. p.], 1888.
Dix, Morgan. Lectures on the Calling of a Christian Woman and Her Training to Fulfill It. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1884.
[Inscribed “For CFW with the kindest regards of Morgan Dix / New York / April
*Dostoievsky, Fyodor. Le Crime et le Chatement. Paris: Librairie Plon 1884.
[Inscribed “Florence 1886”; note on page 1: “London / March1886.”]
*_______. Krotkaia. Paris: Librarie Plon, 1886.
[Inscribed “Florence 1886.”]
*_______. Les Poss¿d¿s. Paris: Librarie Plon, 1886.
[Inscribed “CFW / Florence 1886”; a few passages marked with an “x” in the
Dumas, Alexandre. Ascanto. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1866.
_______. Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1866.
*_______. Th¿¿tre Complet de Alexandre Dumas. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1886.
_______. Les Trois Mousquetaires. Paris: [n. p.], 1866.
Duparc, Arthur. Correspondance de Henri Regnault. Paris: Charpentier, 1873.
*Eastlake, Sir Charles L. Schools of Painting in Italy. London: John Murray, 1851.
[Inscribed “Miss Constance F. Woolson from her friend, the Captain of the Argo,
Sept. 18, 1876.”]
Eliot, George. George Eliot’s Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals. Vol. 1. J. W. Cross, ed. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1885.
[Several passages marked in pencil with either an (!) or a line in the margin.]
_______. The Spanish Gypsy: A Poem. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868.
[A “C” appears in the front of the book, unlike most others which contain
“CFW” or her full name.]
*Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Essays. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1887.
[Pages marked from “Self-Reliance,” “Friendship,” “Prudence,” “Heroism,”
and “Intellect.” Some marked passages from Emerson are listed at the end of this
*_______. Letters and Social Aims. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1887.
[Inscribed “Florence 1887”; passages marked from “Veracity,” “Social
Aims,” “Inspiration,” “Greatness,” and “Immortality.”]
*_______. Miscellanies. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1869.
[Written on title page: “On Emancipation in the British West Indies, 129; The
Fugitive Slave Law, 203; The Emancipation Proclamation, 291; Abraham Lincoln.
Flaubert, Gustave. Trois Contes. Paris: G. Charpentier, 1877.
Freiligrath, Ferdinand. Ferdinand Freiligrath’s S¿mmtliche Werke. 6 vols. New York: Berlag von Friebrid Gerhard, 1858, 1859.
*Gautier, Theophile. Le Capitaine Fra¿asse. 2 vols. Paris: Charpentier, 1871.
_______. Premi¿re Poesies, 1830-1845. Paris: Charpentier, 1870.
*Goethe. Faust, With Some of the Minor Poems. Elizabeth Craigmyle, ed. London: Walter Scott, 1889.
Goldsmith, Oliver. The Poems and Plays of Oliver Goldsmith. London & New York: Frederick Warne & Co., 1887.
*Hardy, Thomas. The Woodlanders. New York: Harper’s, 1887.
[Inscribed “From M. E. S., Xmas 1887.”]
*_______. Under the Greenwood Tree: A Rural Painting of The Dutch School. London: Chatto and Windus: 1878.
*Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Blithedale Romance. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1866.
[Passages marked: Chapter 2: “The better life . . . . They are not the rubbish of the
mind”; Chapter 15: “Certainly I do . . . solid footing on common
sense”; “. . .tremendous concentrativeness. . .”; Chapter 16: “No sagacious
man . . . into vogue since yesterday morning”; “No summer . . . Good-bye,
*_______. The House of Seven Gables. Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1869.
*_______. Mosses From an Old Manse. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1871.
*Head, Sir Edmund. Handbook of Painting: The German, Flemish, Dutch, Spanish, and French Schools. 2 vols. London: John Murray, 1854.
[Inscribed “Miss Constance F. Woolson from her friend, the Captain of the Argo,
Sept. 19, 1876.”]
*Herbert, George. The Life of Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Written by Himself. New York: Cassell & Co., 1887.
Herodotus. Histoire D’Herodote. Traduction de Larcher and Revue et Corrig¿ par Personneaux. Paris: G. Charpentier & Cie, 1889.
[Inscribed “Cairo 1890.”]
*Herrick, Robert. Hesperides, Or Works Both Human and Divine. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1885.
Hoffmann, Ernst. Contes Fantastiques D’Hoffman. Paris: Charpentier, 1869.
*Ibsen, Henrik. Hedda Gabler. London: William Heinemann, 1891.
* Ionica. London: George Allen, 1891.
[Inscribed “Oxford”; some poems marked: “Mimnermus in
Church”; “Heraclitus”; “After Reading Maud.”]
James, Henry. Watch and Ward. Boston: Houghton, Osgood & Co., 1878.
[Inscribed in pencil: “F. Boott / From the author / July 1878.”]
*Johnson, Samuel. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. New York: Cassell and Co., 1889.
La Fayette, Mme. de. La Princesse De Cleves. Paris: Chez Werdet, 1876.
*Landor, Walter Savage. The Poems of Walter Savage Landor. Ernest Radford, ed. London: Walter Scott, [n. d.].
*Lemaitre, Jules. Les Contemporains. 3 vols. Paris: Libraririe H. Lec¿ne et H. Oudin, 1888-1892.
*_______. Impressions de Th¿¿tre. Paris: Librairie H. Lec¿ne, 1889.
*Lincoln, Abraham. The Presidents Words: A Selection of Passages From the Speeches, Address, and Letters. Boston: Walker, Fuller, 1865.
[Inscribed “July 22nd.”]
Lom¿nie, Louis de. Th¿¿tre de Beaumarchais. Paris: Michel L¿vy, 1866.
*Loti, Pierre. Fant¿me d’Orient. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1892.
*_______. Japoneries d’Automne. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1889.
*_______. Le Roman d’un Spahi. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1888.
_______. Matelot. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, [n.d.].
_______. P¿cheur d’Islande. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1887.
*Lowell, James Russell. Among My Books. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1886.
[Inscribed “Florence 1887”; Lowell poem “Aladdin” tipped in. Passages marked: page 55, passage on a French saying about Dryden, “I deny not but this may suit well enough with the French, for as we, who are a more sullen people, come to be diverted at our plays, so they, who are of an airy and gay temper, come thither to make themselves more serious”; page 79, passage about how with Dryden’s “ripeness of mind and bluff heartiness of expression, he takes rank with the best. His phrase is always a short-cut to his sense”; page 110, passage “among the least imaginative of men, as the superstitious are apt to be” has marginal note, “extremely true”; page 179, passage on Shakespeare, “And what shall we forbode of so many modern poems, full of splendid passages, beginning everywhere and leading nowhere”; pages. 213-15, passage about Hamlet who analyzes his own mind, is aware of his defects, sees two ways and can’t take either, and lacks resolution; page 232, passage on New England where power keeps one from looking higher; pages 349-350, 363, passages on Rousseau about benevolence to all but not to the individual, about how “No man who ever wrote English, except perhaps Mr. Ruskin, more habitually mistook his own personal likes and dislikes, tastes and distastes, for general principles, and this, it may be suspected, is the secret of all merely eloquent writing,” and about his lofty ideas but groveling life.]
*_______. Fireside Travels. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1886.
[Passages marked: “setting in softly-hilled Warwickshire, which showed us that the most English of poets (Shakespeare) must be born in the most English of counties”; page 66, “But the world always judges a man (& rightly enough, too) by his faults, which he shows a hundred times a day, rather than by his great virtues, which he discloses perhaps but once in a lifetime, & to a single person, –nay, in proportion as they are rarer, & he is nobler, is shyer of letting their existence be known at all”; page 99, “The primary geological formations contain no trace of man, & it seems to me that these Eocene periods of the day are not fitted for sustaining human forms of life.”]
*Meredith, George. Diana of the Crossway. London: Chapman & Hall, 1890.
*_______. The Egoist. London: Chapman & Hall, 1890.
*Middleton, Thomas. The Best Plays of the Old Dramatists. Havelock Ellis, ed. Algernon Charles Swinburne, intro. London: Vizetelly, 1887.
*Moli¿re. Ouevres Compl¿tes de Moli¿re. 2 vols. Paris: Furne, Jouvet, 1880.
*Moore, Frank, ed. Lyrics of Loyalty. New York: George P. Putnam, 1864.
[Front page ripped out; some poems marked with an “x,” including: “On
Guard,” John G. Nicolay; “The Picket-Guard,” E. H.; “The Calvary
Charge,” Frances A Durevage; “The Snow at Fredericksburg,” Anon.; “Battle
Hymn of the Republic,” Julia Ward Howe.]
*Moore, Thomas. Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co., 1857.
*Musset, Alfred de. Po¿sies Nouvelles: 1836-1852. Paris: G. Charpentier, 1879.
* Opere Scelte di Ugo Foscolo. Parigi: Beaudry, 1837.
[Note under photo of Foscolo: “Comme il est laid n’est ce pas?”]
Ossian. Poems of Ossian. William Sharp, ed. London: Walter Scott, [n. d.].
Pascal, Blaise. Lettres Provinciales par Blaise Pascal. Paris: [n. p.], 1823.
*Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart. Poetic Studies. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1875.
[Pinned at front: a newspaper clipping titled, “The Gates Ajar: The Author’s
Summer Home”; inscribed “Charleston / May 1875.”]
Plato. The Republic of Plato. London: MacMillan & Co., 1890.
*Pouschkine, Alexandre. La Fille du Capitaine. Paris: Librarie Hachette, 1884.
*Poynter, E. Frances. Among the Hills.
[Inscribed “To CFW from E. F. Poynter / Florence, March 1887.”]
Racine, Jean. Phedre, Britannicus. Paris: Librairie de la Biblioth¿que Nationale, 1882.
*Radcliffe, A. G. Schools and Masters of Painting. New York: Appleton, 1876.
[Inscribed: “CFW with love & many kind wishes, Eleanor J (?) Washington,
March 5, 1877.”]
Renan, Ernest. Feuilles D¿tach¿es. Paris: Calmann L¿vy, 1892.
*Riccardo, Joanna. Vita ¿ Avventure. Milano: Guiseppe Galli, 1887.
*Richepin, Jean. La Mer. Paris: [n. p.], [n. d.].
*Rousseau, Jean Jacques. Julie: La Nouvelle H¿loise. Paris: [n. p.], [n. d.].
[Inscribed “Geneva, Switzerland 1886.”]
*Sadi. Gulistan, Or Flower-Garden. Trans., with an essay by James Ross. London: Walter Scott, [n. d.].
*Saintine, X. B. Picciola. Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette, 1856.
[Part of inscription page cut out.]
*Schaefer, Dr. Johann Wilhelm. Go¿the’s Gedichte. Stuttgart: F. Gottafcher Berlag, 1850.
*Shakespeare, William. The Songs, Poems, and Sonnets of William Shakespeare. William Sharp, ed. London: Walter Scott, 1888.
Sharp, William, ed. American Sonnets., London: Walter Scott, [n. d.].
*Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. London: Routledge, 1888.
*Shelley, Percy B. Essays and Letters. London: Walter Scott, 1887.
*Siciliano, Bozzetto. Nedda. [n. p.]: G. Verga, [n. d.].
*Sta¿l, Madame de. Corinne. Paris: Librairie de Firmin Didot Fr¿res, 1859.
[Inscribed “Merry Christmas to Constance, 1862.”]
*Stedman, Edmund Clarence. Poetical Works of Edmund Clarence Stedman. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1873.
[“The Last Token” tipped in front.]
*Stendhal, Henri. Memoires d’un Touriste. 2 vols. Paris: [n. p.], 1877.
*Sterne, Laurence. The Works of Laurence Sterne. London: William F. Nimmo, 1882.
*Stockton, Frank R. Rudder Grange. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1886.
*Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Agnes of Sorrento. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1869.
Teatro Comico Moderno, Ossia Raccolta d¿ Alceune. Commedie Italiane. [Collection of Italian comedies by Goldoni, Giraud, Nota, Ferderick, Rossi, and
Maffeis; inscribed: “Constance F. Woolson / New York City / Dec. 1857 / Signor
*Thackery, William Makepiece. The History of Henry Esmond, Esq. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1890.
*_______. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Crance Cairo. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1888.
*Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. London: Walter Scott, 1886.
[Picture of Thoreau’s grave glued in front; picture of path near Walden Pond in
back; inscribed “Florence 1887.”]
*Trevelyan, G. Otto. The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay. Vol. 1. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1876.
[Inscribed “From Mrs. George Washington / July 1876.”]
*Trial and Death of Socrates. F. J. Church, trans. London: Macmillan & Co., 1890.
*Tuckerman, Charles. The Greeks of Today. New York: Putnam, 1872.
[Inscribed: “Miss Woolson with the compliments of the author, Florence, Dec. 18,
*Verga, G. Eros. Milano: Fratelli, 1884.
Villon, Fran¿ois. Oevres Compl¿tes. Paris: C. Marpon, [n. d.].
Voltaire. Zaire, Merope. Paris: [n. p.], 1882.
*Warner, Charles Dudley. My Winter on the Nile. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1890.
[Inscribed “From the Author.”]
*White, Gilbert (Rev.). The Natural History of Selborne. 2 vols. New York: Cassell and Co., 1887.
*Whitman, Walt. Democratic Vistas and Other Papers. London: Walter Scott, 1888.
Wilkins, Mary E. A Far-Away Melody and Other Stories. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1891.
_______. A Humble Romance and Other Stories. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1891.
Woods, Margaret L. A Village Tragedy. London: Bentley & Son, 1887.
[Inscribed “Florence, 1887 / From H. James.”]
*Zschokke, Heinrich. The Princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel and Other Tales. M. A. Faber, trans. Leipzig, 1867.
[Inscribed “Jan 20th 1868.”]
Passages marked in Emerson’s essays:
“In morals this is conscience; in intellect, genius; in practice, talent.”
“Thus if you are a scholar . . . because he makes nothing else.”
“No way has been found for making heroism easy. . . blows by making them true of ourselves.”
Marked above the quoted poem: “Don’t waste life in doubts and fears.”
“That the world is for his education is the only sane solution of the enigma.”
“I confess that everything connected . . . the soul stipulates for no private good.”
Poem: “And after every late morning / Followed unprofitable days”
French passage marked
“And it is a primal rule . . . which task?”
“Solitary converse with nature” to start of quoted poem
“Poetry and Imagination”:
“If your subject do not appear . . . . He is calm and elevated.”
“I know there is entertainment . . . into prophets and teachers.”
“Rhyme being a kind of music . . . launch on the seat of ideas and emotions.”
Passage how not to travel and how “the wise man stays at home” crossed out.
End of paragraph: “Thus much for manners.”
“I am not ignorant. . . tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.”
“He must be inestimable to us to whom we can say what we cannot say to ourselves.”
” . . . the incomparable satisfaction of a society in which everything can be safely said.”
“It is this that justifies to each the jealousy . . . . He of all men would keep the right choice sacred.”
”Our chief want in life . . . the nadir under us.”
“Bolt these out.”
“. . . always some weary captious paradox to fight you with, and the time and temper wasted.”
The Claremont Historical Society owns copies of most books written by Woolson.
It also holds:
* a letter from Clare Benedict, dated 8 June 1923 from Lucerne, to Mrs. Mary Ide, Sullivan Street, Claremont: The letter appears to be about Hannah Woolson and says that “from my birth until her death, we were never parted–even for a single night.”
* photos of an apartment in Rome
* a death pamphlet titled “In Memorium Clara Woolson Benedict,” written by Clare Benedict and explaining how Clara died in Venice where she visited Woolson’s grave often and where she now rests in the same gravesite.
* research material Elinor Colby used for her pamphlet on the Woolson family