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A Girl Of The Limberlost Paperback – February 11, 2010
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A Girl of the Limberlost is unquestionably the most cherished books. It is the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp, and in order to pay for her education, she collects moths. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Because Gene Stratton-Porter cares for the truth that is in her, she is the most widely read and most widely loved author in America today, with the probable exception of Harold Bell Wright. She is absolutely sincere in all her work, she is in dead earnest, she does not care primarily for money, but for certain ideas and ideals. Let no one underestimate the tremendous power that is hers because of these things, let no one underestimate her hold upon millions of readers; let none undervalue the influence she has exerted and continues to exert, an influence always for good, for clean living, for manly men, for womanly women, for love of nature, for sane and reasonable human hopes and aspirations, for honest affection, for wholesome laughter, for a healthy emotionalism as the basis and justification of humble and invaluable lives. If Mrs. Porter has egoism it is the sort of egoism that the world needs. It is nothing more or less than a firm and sustaining belief in one's self, in the worth of one's work, and is bred of a passionate conviction that you must always give the best of yourself without stint. Is it egoistical to believe that? Is it self-centeredness to be proud of that? Is it wrong, having set the world the best example of which you are capable, to call it to the world's attention? You will not get the present reporter to say so! You will get from him nothing but an expression of his own conviction that while literature, aesthetically viewed, may not have been enriched by Mrs. Porter's writings, thousands, yes, tens of thousands of men and women have been made happier and better by her stories. And that just about sweeps any other possible accomplishment into limbo! The secret of Mrs. Porter's success is sincerity, complete sincerity; doing one's best work and doing it to the top of one's bent. It is not a question of art. There is no art about it. The finest literary artist in the world could not duplicate her performance unless he were a duplicate of her. It's not a literary matter at all; the thing has its roots in the personality, in the mind and heart and nervous organization of the writer. If you could be a Gene Stratton-Porter you could write the novels she writes and achieve just the success she achieves, a success which is improperly measured by earnings up to $750,000 from her books, a success of which the true measure can never be taken because it is a success in human lives and not in dollars. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I was delighted to find it as an ebook, since my Kindle gets a real work out during this cold and snowy Indiana January.
It was as good as are perhaps even better than I remembered. One regret is that I did not read Freckles first. I am reading it now and can see where had I read it first there would be more mystery for me. So my recommendation is read Freckles first then move on to this book. You will love it if you are into history and nature. We plan to travel to Rome City Indiana this next summer to Gene Stratton Porters historic home and to walk the 145 acres of gardens and wild birds. Should be quite a trip!
Bird life, insects, and animals in their natural habitat became my wonderland of thrilling adventures. For anyone who desires to see and feel nature in its natural element, you will love this story. And if you are an adult, it will take you back to your childhood memories of bygone dreamy days. Now as an older woman I purchased this book to have as my very own, to read and recapture those revered days
- TGotL takes the reader on several absorbing tours of an Indiana swamp ecosystem. Smart kids will have fun researching moths, birds, and perhaps even some long ago-forgotten terms circa 1909, if they can overlook the prerequisite eye dialect so popular in American fiction at the time. No surprise that there are several Twain references in this story.
- Elanora is a brave, intelligent heroine, who finds ways to achieve her goals in spite of her situation. Although her rewards always seem to be tempered with more challenges, she does not give up. Stratton-Porter wasn't the greatest writer, even she would admit that; but she did know how to develop characters to an extent, and she did a fine job with Elanora. One can't but root for her as she struggles to learn, grow, and fit in.
- The characters are human. They are not perfect (except for our dear Elanora), but those who are not always good are also not always bad. Just like us, they undergo changes in personality and feeling over the some ten years we catch a glimpse of.
This book provides an escape to another Secret Garden as had not yet been described. Enjoy it while reading outdoors in the fresh air. You might even recognize a butterfly or two after awhile.