In 1867, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin settled in a small cottage in Mandarin, Florida, overlooking the St. Johns River. She had promised her Boston publisher another novel but was so taken with northeast Florida that she produced instead a series of sketches of the land and the people which she submitted in 1872 under the title Palmetto Leaves.
Stowe describes life in Florida in the latter half of the 19th century--"a tumble-down, wild, panicky kind of life--this general happy-go-luckiness which Florida inculcates." Her idyllic sketches of picnicking, sailing, and river touring expeditions and simple stories of events and people in this tropical "winter summer" land became the first unsolicited promotional writing to interest northern tourists in Florida.
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"charming" -- Tampa Tribune & Times Tampa Tribune-Times
"I love every vignette in this book, but some of my very favorites are 'Magnolias,' 'Yellow Jessamines,' and 'May in Florida.' A choice slice of Florida's history in these covers." -- Velma Daniels, Winter Haven News Chief Winter Haven News Chief
"A must-have for collectors of Floridiana." -- Palm Beach Post Palm Beach Post