THE COLLECTION: This collection of Mary Mapes Dodge material represents much of the American literary world of the latter part of the 19th century. Themes of womens rights and anti slavery run through the collection. A picture of Dodge emerges as a good friend and / or because of her importance and influence in the publishing world, as someone the poets and authors of the day wanted to impress. Most of the books are by poets and literary figures some of whose work was notable in the era, but is less known today. Taken as a whole, the collection offers a fascinating look at a particular, productive era in literary history.