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1909. From the author of Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. The story begins: I hope your passenger n't missed his train, observed the ferryman to Mr. Jimmy Fallows, who sat on the river bank with the painter of his rickety little naphtah launch held loosely in his hand. Mr. Opp? said Jimmy. I bet he did. If there is one person in the world that 's got a talent for missing t ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published 1909 by The Century Co.
(first published 1908)
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I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is excellent as a coming of age type of story, as a middle aged man finds his true purpose in life. But a lot of it is sad, with pathos and sacrifice being major elements of Mr. Opp's daily life. Two and a half stars.
Alice Hegan Rice, also known as Alice Caldwell Hegan, was an American novelist. Born Alice Caldwell Hegan in Shelbyville, Kentucky, she wrote over two dozen books, the most famous of which is Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. The book was a best seller in 1902 and is set in Louisville, Kentucky where she then lived. It was made into a successful play in 1903, and there were three Hollywood movie ve ...more