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 "A delightful series for girls in which they will follow Polly and Eleanor through many interesting adventures and enjoyable trips to various places in the United States, Europe, and South America"

I love this idiosyncratic series. It's like three series in one -- the first two books are melodramatic westerns, complete with gunplay, ineptly rendered western accents, stereotypical Indians who barely talk-um English, landslides, claim-jumpers, wild animals, and cliffhanger endings. Polly is brave, beautiful, pure-hearted; a crack shot and a friend to all nature.

The next three books are typical girls-at-school type adventures, following Polly and Eleanor as they go to New York to study interior decorating. Along the way, they meet Mr. Dalken, the Alexanders, and most of the other characters that appear in the later books of the series, in which Polly et al. travel around the world.

One charm of this series is Roy's discursions into aesthetics and crank mysticism. which are a hoot.

Another curious thing is blah blah finish me later....


  1. Polly of Pebbly Pit (1) -- 1922, Grosset & Dunlap; Whitman.
    We meet Polly, Eleanor, Barbara, Kenneth, and the Lattimers. A lost goldmine is discovered in a blizzard. Sary chases after Jeb. A cliffhanger ending...
  2. Polly and Eleanor (1) -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour. 1922, Grosset & Dunlap; Whitman.
    Choko's Find is formally claimed. One of Montresor's descendents is found. Polly declaims on the rights of women, and decides to leave the ranch to continue her studies.
  3. Polly in New York (1) -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour. 1922, Grosset & Dunlap; Whitman.
    Polly, Eleanor, and Anne  set up housekeeping in New York City. There, they attend a girls' school during the day and study art and interior design at night. They meet Mr. Dalken.
  4. Polly and Her Friends Abroad (1?) -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour. 1922, Grosset & Dunlap; Whitman.
    Polly's party travels to Europe. We meet the Alexanders. Dalkie gives some peculiar religious lectures. Read it online!
  5. Polly's Business Venture (1) -- illustrated by H. S. Barbour. 1922, Grosset & Dunlap; Whitman.
    Polly and Eleanor embark on their interior design careers. Auctions are attended. Simple country folk are rooked out of many fine antiques.
  6. Polly's Southern Cruise -- 1923, Grosset & Dunlap.
    Polly and company go cruisin'.
  7. Polly in South America -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour.1924, Grosset & Dunlap
    Polly and Co. go to South America and find it inconveniently full of South Americans. We meet Carola.
  8. Polly in the Southwest -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour. 1925, Grosset & Dunlap
    Polly and Co continue their travelogue (sign of a desperate series writer) to the Southwest. Mrs Alexander is mocked.
  9. Polly in Alaska -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour. 1926, Grosset & Dunlap
  10. Polly in the Orient -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour. 1927, Grosset & Dunlap
    Riots, strange food, civil insurrection, fortune tellers.... Those inscrutable series book Orientals!
  11. Polly in Egypt -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour. 1928, Grosset & Dunlap
    Dirt, pyramids, etc...
  12. Polly's New Friend -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour. 1929
  13. Polly and Carola -- illustrated by H.S. Barbour.1930, Grosset & Dunlap
  14. Polly Learns to Fly -- illustrated by Russell H. Tandy. 1930, Grosset & Dunlap
  15. Polly and Carola at Ravenwood -- illustrated by Russell H. Tandy. 1931, Grosset & Dunlap

(1) Also published by Whitman.



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