Paul Leicester Ford
genre - Romance, short story
my rating - 2 out of 5 stars
At the beginning of this story, Mrs. Durant is complaining to a friend about her step-daughter. Constance is rich, beautiful, 23-years-old and unmarried. It seems that Mrs. Durant's own daughters cannot attract the attention of the young men because Constance outshines them. If only Constance would marry, then maybe Mrs. Durant's girls would have a chance.
I have to admit that I almost didn't make it through the beginning. It was rather tedious. But after plowing through it, the story picks up. While on her way home from running errands, Constance's carriage runs over a young boy. When Constance learns that it will take quite a while for the ambulance to arrive, she insists that she will take the boy to the hospital in her carriage. And it is there that Constance meets a young doctor.
This book is an example of the techniques taught through The Society of Arts and Crafts. Margaret Armstrong designed the book.
About the author -
Paul Leicester Ford was born on March 23, 1865 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a bibliophile whose superb collection of Americana was valued at $100,000. Paul was the great-grandson of Noah Webster. An injury to his spine hindered Paul's growth, and so he was educated at home by tutors.
Ford's edition of The Writings of Thomas Jefferson is still regarded as one of the monuments of American historical scholarship, setting the standard for documentary editing. Ford's edition remains valuable for its accuracy of transcription from original manuscripts and its careful annotation of the documents chosen for publication.
Despite his physical handicaps, Ford was very active socially. At the age of 37, having edited and written more than 70 books, he was murdered in his Manhattan home by his brother, Malcolm Webster Ford, who then committed suicide.