About Deborah L. Halliday

My writing mission to is preserve words: the rich stories that ordinary people can tell when they are really listened to as well as words people wrote in earlier centuries that can still speak to us today. Some of my books consist of personal narratives told by a variety of people. Others are thematic anthologies of nineteenth century poetry (If you have never read or enjoyed 19th century poetry, take a chance; you might be surprised!) I have projects in front of me in several different areas, and cherish the freedom I have to pursue them. Thank you for your interest as my writing life continues to unfold.

Deborah L. Halliday’s Books

Nightfall to Dawn:

No matter the season, no matter what time night falls, dusk signals a change for us. We slow down, we shift our focus, we prepare for the end of the day. Even those who work at night begin a different rhythm at nightfall. Some people love the night time; whether on a warm summer night… [Read More]

Of Thoughts Sublime:

For some, sonnets are an acquired taste. Their rhythms can feel unfamiliar; their expression can require us to carry a thought over several lines; their rhyme schemes ask us to wait for resolution. The sonnet form challenges both the poet’s and the reader’s skill to a level of sophistication not always found with other poetic… [Read More]

Unfurl the Banner, Strew the Flowers:

Godey’s Lady’s Book was one of the most popular magazines in nineteenth century America, reaching every state and territory. Its poetry, authored by amateurs and professionals alike, allows us to share in the emotional and intellectual experiences of these Americans in a unique way. This volume contains the twelve poems found in Godey’s relating to… [Read More]

Love:

This series of anthologies would not be complete without a volume of love poems. It was an inspiring and fun volume to compile. These are beautiful poems. There are poems about new love, love from a distance, married love, unrequited love, love that has stood the test of time, and the nature of love itself…. [Read More]

Indians’ Lament

Godey’s Lady’s Book was one of the most popular magazines in nineteenth century America, reaching every state and territory. Its poetry, authored by amateurs and professionals alike, allows us to share in the emotional and intellectual experiences of these Americans in a unique way. The poems in this collection are not to be read as… [Read More]

Death and Remembrance:

Nineteenth century poetry is notorious for its emphasis on death and mourning. This is perhaps understandable in a society plagued by a high rate of infant mortality, death in childbirth, and epidemics such as cholera and yellow fever and that seemed to come from nowhere and kill indiscriminately. Illnesses like tuberculosis (commonly called consumption), pneumonia,… [Read More]

In the Time of Mourning:

Grief and mourning are universal human emotions. We feel our losses keenly. Grief unfolds in many ways, and even when the most acute pain is over the loss of a loved one can be felt for a lifetime. We have human responses to loss that keep the memories of a loved one alive for us…. [Read More]

Cherishing the Sacred Fire:

When Sarah J. Hale became editor of the newly established Ladies’ Magazine in Boston in 1828, she began an almost fifty year career of magazine editing that was to make her a household name. The Ladies’ Magazine, of which she later became part owner, lasted until its 1836 merger with Godey’s Ladies’ Book. Hale had… [Read More]

The Last Survivor: A Tale of WWII

“The Last Survivor” is a story of World War II told from the point of view of one young Italian soldier, a soldier who survived when others did not and came to adopt America as his home. It is a true personal narrative. If you are familiar with Frank’s story “Everything Changed” in the book… [Read More]

Dinnertimes:

What does dinnertime mean to you? This simple question can open the door to a rich accounting of life memories. This collection of forty four first person narratives from people ages 22 to 100 is a collection of short memoirs on life and family told against the backdrop of dinnertime. It takes us on a… [Read More]

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