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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 313 pages
  • Publisher: John F. Blair Publisher; First Edition edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895872641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895872647
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,432,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

This first novel, a picaresque set in the coastal area of South Georgia, calls to mind some of the best of the genre, including Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and James Howard Kunstler's An Embarrassment of Riches. At age 17, Ensworth Harding shows little ambition or promise, having spent most of his life hanging out at the local golf club on St. Simons Island, GA. On Ensworth's 18th birthday, his father drives him to the Coastal Highway, points him north, and kicks him out of the car with $100 and a letter to deliver to a law firm in Savannah. The next month proves the most memorable of Ensworth's life, as he wanders the Georgia coast, blundering into and out of drug deals, jailbreaks, attempted suicides, and revival meetings, and encountering the worst and best of society. Along the way he meets crooked politicians, a jail escapee, a witch doctor, an elderly Gullah gentleman who speaks only Latin, a possible ghost, and, most importantly, Lord Baltimore, his personal guide and protector who produces and directs many of the adventures firsthand. A wonderful coming-of-age novel, Lord Baltimore will appeal to youth as well as adults for its fantasy, adventure, and basic truths. Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ Lib., Carbondale
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

On his eighteenth birthday, pampered rich boy Ensworth Harding is unceremoniously dumped on the side of a dusty Georgia highway by his self-made father. Given a new pair of sneakers, a backpack, a sealed envelope, and strict instructions to walk to Savannah and deliver the envelope or face disinheritance, he embarks on an instructive, often-hilarious open-road odyssey. Tempted to return home but fearful of his father's wrath, the supremely naive Ensworth embarks on a life-altering journey into manhood via the remote backwaters of the rural South. He is joined on his mission by an unkempt pseudo-British knight calling himself Lord Baltimore, and Ensworth and his eccentric sidekick encounter a string of con men, ne'er-do-wells, and free spirits and share a marvelously bizarre series of adventures. Pursued by a vengeful, drug-dealing sheriff, they hide out on a remote Gullah island off the coast of Georgia, awaiting an inevitable confrontation. First-time novelist Doster hits all the right comical and serious notes in this fantastical coming-of-age yarn. Margaret Flanagan
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More About the Author

Writer and oral historian Stephen Doster is the author of fiction and non-fiction, including two oral histories. He was born in Kingston-On-Thames, England and raised on St. Simons Island, Georgia. His literary works are focused on Georgia and the Georgia Coast. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University.

"I was born in England and moved (involuntarily, I might add) to with my family to Fort McClellan, Alabama when I was three. Culture shock, anyone? From there we migrated to the Georgia Coast, otherwise known as paradise if you ignore the mosquitoes, flying cockroaches, and the occasional hurricane. At some point I became interested in history probably because both of my parents served in WWII; my father on a destroyer in the Pacific and my mother at forward RAF stations on the English coast. Their love of reading about history (and of recounting it) rubbed off on me. My father didn't talk much about his war experiences unless it was with an old Navy buddy like Slade Cutter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slade_Cutter), and even then their conversations were mostly private. Growing up on St. Simons Island, you become acutely aware that 'there were others here before you.' The island is dripping in history predating Jamestown and Plymouth Rock. Spanish missions were established at Indian villages on St. Simons in the 1500s. When the English under James Oglethorpe set up shop on the island, Spanish forces out of Cuba and St. Augustine invaded in 1742. They were, of course, repelled; otherwise, you'd be reading this in Spanish. After that little episode, cotton plantations dominated the landscape. The British stopped by again "for tea" during the War of 1812 but were not asked to return. In 1862, Union soldiers occupied St. Simons. In the late 1800s, the island housed large large sawmills where timber floated down river from middle Georgia was processed and shipped to far away ports. The island later became a destination spot for vacationers. German U-Boats sunk several ships off the coast there during WWII. And so on. As I was saying, it's almost like there were people here before us, and I try to accurately reflect that history in my writing.

The island I grew up on also happens to be on the 31st parallel north of the Equator, which includes the geographic area below Savannah, north of the Georgia-Florida border, and everything east and west of that. Down on the 31st and 32nd parallels, you're in the Deep South of the "Deep South". Look at all the writers who come from those strips, and don't surprised if you start to see some similarities in their works. It has to do with their shared history, the geography, and the people who inhabit those realms. Many of the early Georgia settlers traveled directly west to settle regions in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. They took their histories and their stories with them. Part of the Southern writer's job is to resurrect those stories and their histories in creating new works. It's recycling of the highest order.

"I started knocking out short stories when I was about twelve years old. My aunt (Sylvia Matheson Schofield) had written a number of books about her experiences in the Mid-East. A cousin, Tom Dennard, also writes books. Several noted authors, like Eugenia Price and Bill Diehl, lived on the island. So the idea of sitting down and banging out a story seemed to me to be something that one did without needing a degree or approval from anyone else.

"By the time I was in my mid-thirties, I decided to write a novel. It took four years to write it (no one was beating down my door demanding a deadline), a wasted year with an agent who sat on it, then another year or two finding a publisher on my own and editing it for final publication. The result was Lord Baltimore. The next book, Voices from St. Simons (interviews with descendants of slaves and plantation owners still living in the area), took about four years from conception to publication. Georgia Witness (an oral history of the state) took less than three years. At this rate, you'll be reading my next book before I'm through writing it, but you see how it's trending. Please don't be discouraged if your first book is years in the making. The 'opus' I have in mind might take me ten years to write, and it might take me another ten years to mature enough to attempt to write it. So, don't sweat the time thing.

"And remember that there are two kinds of writers; those who persevere and those who get lucky. If you cant' be lucky, then persevere. And if, after years of rejection and discouragement, you finally get published, people will say, 'He/she got lucky.'"


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Great read, great characters, and the GA coast settings are lovely.
Lauretta B. Lingle
If you're looking for a book that is simply a pleasure to read, Lord Baltimore is one you should put at the top of your list.
Penny Patterson
It has the feel and flavor of the Georgia coastal area, one of my favorite places to visit.
J. Alder

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Penny Patterson on July 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a book that is simply a pleasure to read, Lord Baltimore is one you should put at the top of your list. It caught my complete attention on page one and held it through to the last page. Steven Doster is a natural storyteller. I hope he writes another one soon. I would recommend this book to anyone-male or female, from 14 to 70.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thefallingman on June 23, 2002
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This is a very good way for a new novelist to start his writing career. Doster is excellent at capturing some of the eccentricities that exist along the Georgia coastline. His depictions of Georgia's aristocracy, Gullah culture, backwoods politics, and natural wonders is fairly accurate. And the plot is just plain entertaining: from the time Ensworth is dumped on the dying Dixie Highway until he waves goodbye to Lord Baltimore, the comic misadventures just keep coming. If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that the final three chapters seem a little rushed. Perhaps the editor demanded some cutting or there were deadlines to meet, but some more time spent on Ensworth and Lord Baltimore's time in Savannah would have lead to a more satisfying conclusion. Don't misunderstand, this is still a very good first effort from a promising new writer that is well worth the time and money spent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2002
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Wonderful book for a weekend at the beach!!!!! I couldn't put the thing down. I can't wait for his NEXT book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 9, 2002
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Stephen's Doster's Lord Baltimore is the superbly written coming-of-age novel of Ensworth Harding, an eighteen-year-old young man, given a letter by his father with strict instructions to deliver it faithfully and independently - or forfeit his sizeable inheritance! A charming saga about learning, growing up, and opening oneself to the mysteries and quirky personalities of the world, Lord Baltimore is entertaining, attention keeping, and thoroughly enjoyable reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2002
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Where have great books like this been for so long? Thank God they're back!! Terrific stuff to read - for boys and their fathers. The low country of Coastal Georgia has always been rich in its offerings: - wealth, history, danger, some wild hurricanes, fascinating people, and alot of adventure - if you were willing to go find it. So goes the main character in this book - with a strong push from his father, and the guidance of one very worldly fellow traveler. Long our favorite vacation destination - the islands of coastal Georgia have much more to offer than I ever realized. Next visit we'll stay off the interstates and out of the tourist resorts and rediscover this amazing place. Thank you Stephen Doster !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hepsmom on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After hearing about this book on Georgia Public Radio's Cover to Cover program, I bought it. Once I opened the pages of this book, I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Ensworth and "his Grace."
There are twists and turns, some predictable, others not. It goes all throughout the coastal Georgia area. What a delightful jaunt into Georgia's history! There are many Southern stereotypes, true, but there are many true portrayals as well.
This book is such an enjoyable coming of age tale, I'm taking it to the English department at the high school where I teach and recommend it. Don't take this as a discount of its entertainment value for adults. It's really a lovely book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2002
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This is a thoroughly refreshing and captivating book. The author exhibits great creative imagination and subtle humor. Descriptive passages enable one to see, hear, feel, and even smell the happenings in this tale. I am ordering another book for a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2002
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I really enjoyed this book. It caught my attention early and kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. I thought the story was very creative and fun.
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