Who is Miss Abigail?

Abigail Grotke
Silver Spring, MD
email: missabigail at missabigail dot com
twitter: @DearMissAbigail

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Miss Abigail has a collection of over 1,000 classic advice books, spanning from 1822 to 1978 and covering a variety of topics, from love and romance to etiquette and charm. The collection sparked the idea for this site, then a book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, which has inspired an Off-Broadway production of the same name!

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Since they were originally published, the advice books in my collection have offered advice to many women and men, young and old. The wisdom lives here on these pages, and I offer my sincere praise to these authors for doing the real work ~ I just report the facts, ma’am!

I’ve got over 1,000 books piled on shelves around my house, purchased at thrift stores, used book sales, online, and received as donations by friends and strangers. I keep a record of them over at the fabulous book cataloging and book lover’s site LibraryThing. I don’t have everything listed as its a slow process to enter books published before there were bar codes, but much of what is in my collection is online there. Some tag clouds are below to help visualize what’s in the collection – by author name and by how I tagged them. This page is pulling data from LibraryThing, so might be a little slow to load ~ apologies if it is!

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