Wednesday, June 1, 2011
A Yearlong Adventure with Gladys Taber and Rachel Peden
Today I am embarking on a yearlong journey with my beloved Gladys Taber and a woman I've newly discovered, Rachel Peden. My plan is to read both Stillmeadow Daybook and Rural Free, month by month. I thought it would be fun to compare these two women - one in Connecticut, the other in Indiana and see what they wrote about each month in terms of nature, the weather, family life, the world. Both women wrote for publications: Gladys for the Ladies' Home Journal and Family Circle, Rachel for The Indianapolis Star and The Muncie Evening News.
This is Rachel Peden's first book, originally published in 1961. Stillmeadow Daybook was published in 1955. Both books have illustrations. Edward Shenton did the drawings for Stillmeadow Daybook and Sidonie Coryn for Rural Free. I just recently found out that Coryn illustrated at least one of Gladys Taber's books, so there is my first connection between these two women! Sidonie Coryn also illustrated Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck!
I'm greatly looking forward to this. I hope to write about each month's offerings on the last day of that month.