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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Jun 28, 2018 06:18PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments RE: _From Pillar to Post_ by Helen R. Martin

Copyright 1933 by Dodd, Mead & Company, Inc.
Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers, N.Y.
Published January 1933.
Second printing, March 1933.

This is an old book, a novel published in 1933. I've saved it for many years among my books. I re-read it this week and it's still as enjoyable as ever. I don't usually like to re-read books, but this one is a pleasure. It's always been in the back of my mind as a good read.

I've been unable to find any good reference to this book, except for the following page which tells about the author, Helen R. Martin:
http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/...
The page lists her publications, some of which were made into movies in the 1920s.

See her IMDb page here:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0552386/

_From Pillar to Post_ is the story of a young girl, Connie, whose aunt adopts her after her parents die. Her aunt showers her with love, but her aunt's husband, the rich and powerful, Peter Goddard, is jealous of her and therefore dislikes her. He sends her away to school. Eventually, Connie is able to cut all lines of communication with Goddard, but later on, circumstances bring her back into his life. It is around these circumstances that the story revolves.

The dialogue is witty and intelligent. The circumstances are compelling and fun to read about. So I would call this a feel-good story.

The character development is excellent. The reader is able to develop empathy for Connie who has a strong personality. The other characters are well drawn.

I think this book would make an enjoyable movie. Too bad it's been forgotten after all these years. Our local library system has no record of it. I couldn't find it at Amazon (however, see my edit in my other comments below in Message #3), but Barnes & Nobles lists some other books by Martin here:
http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.c...
For some reason, they don't show this particular book.

See my Goodreads review page for this book at:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 2: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Aug 29, 2010 10:23AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments PS-Barnes and Noble provides some biographical info about the author Helen Martin at:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Till...
It says: "Helen Reimensnyder Martin was born into the family of an immigrant German clergyman on October 18, 1868. She studied at Swarthmore and Radcliffe Colleges and was a teacher at a private school in New York City. In 1899 she married a German music teacher and moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was there that she began writing stories about the Pennsylvania Dutch."

The NovelGuide webpage mentioned in Post #1 says that the author "first met real success with the publication of _Tillie: A Mennonite Maid_ (1904)". I see that Goodreads lists this book: Tillie, a Mennonite Maid; a Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch


message 3: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Aug 29, 2010 10:42AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Below is a Goodreads page listing other books by Helen R. Martin:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/...

Amazon shows a list of her books at:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...
But _From Pillar to Post_ is not listed.

However, further searching at Amazon found _Pillar to Post_ here:
http://www.amazon.com/pillar-post-Hel...


message 4: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Aug 29, 2010 10:43AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments By including the author's middle name, I was able to find her Wiki page at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Re...

I also found the following:
http://www.jstor.org/pss/20091432
http://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/palit...
(This is an excellent page, but, strangely, it does not mention _From Pillar to Post_, even though it lists Martin's other works. The Wiki page doesn't include it in its list either.)


message 5: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 19 comments Joy H. wrote: "RE: _From Pillar to Post_ by Helen R. Martin

This is an old book, a novel published in 1933. I've saved it for many years among my books. I re-read it this week and it's still as enjoyable as eve..."


I added it to my wishlist thanks


message 6: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments I hope you'll like it, Margaret, if you can ever get hold of it.


message 7: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Thanks to our group member, Warner, _From Pillar to Post_ is now listed at Goodreads:
From Pillar to Post by Helen Reimensnyder Martin
Thank you, Werner, for creating the Goodreads entry!
It's great to have a librarian in our group! :)


message 8: by Werner (new)

Werner Glad I could help, Joy! :-)


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