Elsie Venner


This very unusual novel tells the story of a mysterious young woman whose mother was bitten by a rattlesnake while pregnant, essentially making her daughter half-woman, half-snake. Elsie Venner was Holmes's first novel, originally published serially in The Atlantic Monthly beginning in December 1859 as "The Professor's Story." It was first published as a stand-alone novel in 1861 and epublished in 1883 and 1891. Book is in good condition with cocked spine, wear and soil. No date - likely ca 1910 Grossett reprint of the second printing in 1883. based on the second preface. 5" x 7. 5" with 358 pages.



  • Elsie Venner
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Grosset and Dunlap