1914. Item #86738
ANTIN, Mary. THEY WHO KNOCK AT OUR GATES. A Complete Gospel of Immigration. With illustrations by Joseph Stella. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1914. First edition. 8vo., contemorary half blue leather. Inscribed presenation copy with a short autograph note from the author laid in. In 1894, Mary[ashe] Antin (1881-1949), along with her mother and siblings, immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Like other immigrant children, in the days when grade levels were determined by competence in English rather than age, thirteen year old Antin squeezed herself into a desk meant for a kindergarten child. Her intelligence and evident literary gifts quickly impressed her teachers. Eager to demonstrate how much an immigrant child could accomplish in only four months, one of Antin's teachers sent her composition "Snow" to the periodical Primary Education. After seeing her name in print for the first time, Antin was determined to become a writer. She attended the Girl's Latin School of Boston, and later New York Teacher's College of Columbia University.