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Vein of Iron

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Ellen Glasgow considered Vein of Iron, published in 1935, to be her best work. "No novel has ever meant quite so much to me, " she wrote a friend. The critics agreed; the book was favorably reviewed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review and outsold all but one other work of fiction in the year of its publication. Opening in the years just before the First Wor ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by University of Virginia Press
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Jan 06, 2008 polly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to polly by: Ashley
I will read it this fall, Ashley. I promiseth this.


This is an excellent book, and I don't think that for merely geographical reasons. Ellen Glasgow: why did I not know about her in college, or at least before Ashley introduced her to me after I was well into my 20s?

Set in the mountains of Virginia (happy sigh) during the first part of the 20th Century, the book follows Ada Fincastle (happy sigh) from childhood into her 40s-ish. The book ends during the Great Depression, and tra
Tom Leland
"In that noonday of a planned tomorrow, when science has bared the last mysteries of the human entrails, and the closed cells of spontaneous generation are opened in public view -- in that morning brightness of knowledge will men have found a better world than human nature provides?"

Winner of the Pulitzer for a book written after this one, this book was second best-selling fiction book of 1935. Glasgow considered herself to be the first person in Virginia to say a word in favor of woman suffrage
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For my money/time, Ellen Glasgow is an under-rated American author. She depicts strong women in times when women were just discovering that they be independent. This is a maybe not heavy, classic literature, but a lovely family tale of life in the late 18th/early 19th century. I will definitely be adding Ellen Glasgow to my list of authors to read.
reflects life during the big d, the depression. the wanton lifestyle of some....the unity of the fincastle family during the 30s, a unity that helped them endure the big d, the big depression...

an old couple commits's the journey, remember? bertie who went in search of hope/work...

flappers and the youth who live recklessly, janet, the boys who liked to get drunk

and so on.

also...stresses the importance of mother earth, say true, boy howdy...

the fincastle family is presented within th
Enjoyable to become acquainted with a whole family, living in an Allegheny farming village and then in Richmond, where they experienced the stock market crash of '29 and the depression. The strong women each have their own strengths.
Publ. 1935.
Greta Roussos
Tough times are described well in Ellen Glasgows' story of the 20s & 30s in the Valley of Virginia. Friendly to a womans' experience and perspective,thus uncommonly good.
I loved this book. A strong girl is in love with her childhood sweetheart. A wicked girl says she is pregnant and he marries her. This took place in 1935.
The vein of iron in the women of a Virginia family 1901-1935 keeps the family going through many changes.
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What does Ada see in Ralph? 1 6 Jun 05, 2009 02:12PM  
aka Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow

Born into an upper-class Virginian family, Glasgow rebelled at an early age against traditional expectations of women, becoming a best-selling author of 20 novels, the last of which (In This Our Life) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942.

The majority of her novels have Southern settings, reflecting her awareness of the enormous social and economic changes occuring in t
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