Autobiography of a Handkerchief



Autobiography of a Handkerchief
James Fenimore Cooper’s 'The Autobiography of a Pocket Handkerchief,' originally published in 1843 as a serial novel, is a peculiar tale about a clairvoyant linen handkerchief.

Written from the handkerchief’s own perspective, the novel traces its journey from flaxseed to an accoutrement of the rich. The handkerchief, first purchased by a young female member of the French aristocracy, makes it way to the United States, becoming a status symbol among the New York’s nouveau riche. Moving through this elite world, 'The Autobiography of a Pocket Handkerchief' comes to illustrate the pitfalls of ego and the dangers of high society.

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