IMG_0088The Beloved Vagabond?”

“Why, I’ve read that over and over!” Betsy cried.

Quote from Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace


This inscription, in Maud’s handwriting, is found inside a well-worn, hardcover book, “The Beloved Vagabond” by William J. Locke.

To Our Valentines!  D & M

“When Delos and I picked this up in 1920, it must have been in some second-hand bookstore for it came out in 1900 and was my favorite book for years and years. I remember discussing it at the table on the SS. Canopic when I was going to Europe in 1914.  Mr. O’Hagan (the purser) and I liked it but one lady objected because of Paragot’s black finger nails.”   Valentine’s Day – 1920

The Beloved Vagabond” is a 1906 British novel written by William John Locke and is his most famous work. The book, set in nineteenth century France, is about an architect who decides to disguise himself as a vagrant.

Maud tells the story of this gift the couple bought for themselves on Valentine’s Day in 1920 in this inscription. Little did she know that many years later the book and its back story would be shared with her fans.

The book was donated to the Betsy-Tacy Society by the estate of Merian Lovelace Kirchner and is on display at Tacy’s House in Mankato (Deep Valley).