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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - THE middle of a fragrant afternoon of May in the green wilderness of Kentucky: the year 1795. High overhead ridges of many-peaked cloud - the gleaming, wandering Alps of the blue ether; outstretched far below, t ...more
Published May 20th 2005 by 1st World Library
(first published 1897)
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This is the same author who wrote Kentucky Cardinal--one of my all time favorites. He has a distinctive "old-fashioned" way about him. This book was published in 1897 and was evidently quite popular in its time. It is the story of the early Kentucky settlers who made all we have today possible. (I guess these great men and women are the "choir invisible" looking down on us today.) I've never been to Kentucky, but Allen's descriptions show his great love for the state and its people. This is a ro ...more
Jan 10, 2008 Jenny rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: KY literature buffs
I don't remember how I acquired this book, whether it was from a used book store or from E-Bay, but my copy is from 1897. I picked it up mostly because it was cheap and it was in the original publication year and written by one of Kentucky's first authors. Apparently this book was very popular in 1897, as it was published at least 8 times in that year alone. However, I don't feel that the story is particularly enduring. The plot line is very predictable and at times ridiculously dramatic. The bo ...more
James Lane Allen was an American novelist and short story writer whose work often depicted the culture and dialects of his native Kentucky. His work is characteristic of the late-19th century local color era, when writers sought to capture the vernacular in their fiction. Allen has been described as "Kentucky's first important novelist."More about James Lane Allen...