Catherine Booth-Clibborn (Katie Booth) (18 September 1858 – 9 May 1955) was an English Salvationist and evangelist. She was the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth. She was also known as "la Maréchale".
This book is the unexpected result of a brief visit which the Marechale paid her daughter and the writer. She was daily persuaded, not so much to talk of the past, as to live parts of her life over again, for in her case the telling of a story is the enacting of a drama. She begins to describe an incident, to recall a conversation, to sketch a character, and straightway she is suiting the word to the action, the action to the word, holding the mirror up to nature, using her brilliant dramatic gift, which is as natural to her as singing is to birds, to call up faces, to bring back voices, to restore scenes, which are all, whether grave or gay, summoned out of a dead past that has suddenly, as by the wave of a magician's wand, become once more alive.
One day I said to her, "Have you never thought of giving all this to the world?" She answered, "I am often asked to do so, and some day I may."
Our copy is undated but it is the new edition. Style etc. suggests early 20th century.
VG pages, wear to edges and boards + inscription to front endpaper.