Maria Louise Pool. Dally. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893.

It is a bit of a stretch to call this a North Carolina novel. The main character, Dally, is a poor girl from the North Carolina mountains, but early in the novel she is sent to New England to live with a widow lady, Mrs. Jacobs. It takes Dally some time to adjust to her new surroundings, but by the end of the novel she has won over the other characters with her open heart, self-sacrifice, and bravery. (As in many novels of this era, the main character’s dog has a role in the plot.)

Check this title’s availability and access an online copy through the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.


Filed under 1890-1899, 1893, Mountains, Novels to Read Online, Pool, Maria Louise, Religious/Inspirational

3 Responses to Maria Louise Pool. Dally. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893.

  1. Judy MacKenzie

    I am curious as to the cost of the book ‘Dally’ by Maria Louise Pool copyright 1936. Thanks and looking forward to your reply

  2. Judy MacKenzie

    Whoops, the year for the above book is 1893

  3. Elizabeth DeBold

    Dear Ms. MacKenzie,

    Thank you for your inquiry! As a library, we don’t sell our books– this blog is to showcase our collections and encourage readers to come check out novels they may be unaware of. We also do not provide pricing information, both from an institutional standpoint and because in many cases we don’t know the current market value of a novel as it’s been in our collections for decades. However, you can read Dally for free on HathiTrust or Internet Archive through our catalog, if you are unable to visit our collection in person: If you own a copy of the novel and are interested in having it appraised, the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America offers advice on how to go about that process here:, as does the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association:

    Thanks again for your question, and thanks for reading!