1869. Lucy Larcom was a popular poet and writer. While working as a cotton-operative in the mills she contributed largely to the Lowell Offering, writing for the first volumes a series of parables that attracted attention. The poet, John G. Whittier, then conducting a Free-soil paper in Lowell, encouraged her literary efforts. She later taught and when Our Young Folks was established in Boston in 1865, she became an assistant and in the following year chief editor. This volume is a complete collection of her verse.