☸☼☸☼☸ (steamage) wrote in classiclit,

WANTED: Info/Download of "A Note on Vrony's Grave" (book by author of Heidi)

When poking about for information about the author of the celebrated children's book Heidi, I found references to an interesting work by the same author- "A Note on Vrony's Grave", which deals with the unusual topic of domestic violence.

It must certainly be in the public domain by now, but I can't find a download of it- or even an adequate summary online. Most of the search results are just verbatim rehashes of its mention in Johanna Spyri's Wikipedia entry... I found the idea of the Heidi authoress writing on the topic of domestic violence interesting enough, but the great difficulty I'm having in trying to find the book makes it even more appealing to me...

Has anyone read "A Note on Vrony's Grave", or found a place to download it? I'd be glad even to have a summary from someone who's read it...
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You have a real mystery on your hands. I checked some of the major literature databases with my university access information, and not much came up; I posted what I found below. The only thing I can think of is that the story might not have been translated into English and then placed in the public domain. Here is what I could find in German, from one of the websites referenced on the Wikipedia page:

Her first story appears in a partially anonymous form: "Ein Blatt auf Vrony's Grab, von J. S." (A Leaf on Vrony's Grave, by J. S.)

I got a hit on this particular translation of the title, from a review of Regine Schindler's biography of Spyri (which is also mentioned in the Wikipedia page). That might be a good place to start. However, what I can't find is whether or not that book is in English. I'm not sure it is. It doesn't appear to me that much scholarly work has been done on Spyri, which is not uncommon in genre fields. (I'm a fantasy literature specialist myself.)

I'm not sure if seeing a research librarian would help, but if you're really interesting in trying to find this book, they might know better than I. I, honestly, don't think it's been translated recently, which is why you're having trouble finding it.