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    George Dell(Author)

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In the late eighteen hundreds Thomas Linthorne elopes with Kate Harevell, and together they start a farm in Ohio and begin to raise a family

Written in 1938, this saga of a farming family's life in Ohio in the last third of the 19th century was sent to Ohio State Press by the author's daughter-in-law. It is a found treasure, fiction extending beyond the labels regional, historical or romance. Thomas Linthorne is upright, young and strong when he marries Kate. They begin their life in Hocking County full of hope, a gritty willingness and with no blinding stars in their eyes. Children arrive and survive, the farm prospers and Linthorne becomes a respected, admired name in the community. But Thomas's pride is his downfall. He strays with a neighbor woman, and his oldest son marries a girl he deems unworthy of the Linthorne name. Bitterness develops between him and the other farmers. As technology and success bring some ease to their lives, he and Kate travel to Columbus for the Ohio Centennial. Another son goes off to college, one daughter runs away, another becomes a nun. Thomas's progression through the seasons of his life is as rhythmic as the turn of seasons that govern his farming; his story is as rich and lushly fruitful as the earth he works. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. The ebb and flow of a farming family is the device through which this undiscovered author looks at the changes in American life from the Civil War to the Great War. Thomas Linthorne and Kate Harewell elope in 1866 and settle in Fairfield County, Ohio. From then until Thomas's death in 1917, children are raised and leave, crops rotate, and reputations rise, fall, and are repaired. The traditions and culture act as a backdrop to the Linthorne history, making the book seem like a slice of Americana. Written in the 1930s but never before published, the book strikes universal themes in a local setting and shows us life as both romantic and gritty. Readers will be transported. Recommended. W. Keith McCoy, Dowdell Lib., South Amboy, N.J.Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • PDF | 300 pages
  • George Dell(Author)
  • Ohio State Univ Pr (September 1, 1986)
  • English
  • 2
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Joseph W. Arwady on November 15, 2004

    When I discovered this book, Professor Dell was suffering from dementia, and did not understand that his manuscript of some 50 years earlier had been published. His daughter discovered it, dust-coverd in the attic. Dr. Dell was best known for his poetry, which like his prose, is clear, true and compelling. He was a man who used simple words to express complex emotions. I have always aspired to follow his lead. George Dell taught forever at Capital University, a small Lutheran college about eight miles from Ohio State in Columbus. Reading The Earth Abideth, you realize you are experiencing the work of a great American writer, who is great at writing about America. In the book's first sentence, his description of the osage orange tree is so well-crafted that you will remember it long after you forget what the trees look like in your own front yard. The story is about a man and his family, not unlike any of us and our families. As you begin to live his life along with Thomas Linthorne, you might as well be in his house, in the barn, in the fields. The events and emotions are basic, raw, believeable. You won't be able to put the book down. Thank you George Dell.

  • By ohiomyown on September 25, 2010

    I am very familiar with this book, having read it years ago. Since that time I have purchased and given away six or more copies to friends and family members. This particular copy was purchased for my sister's birthday.It is a vivid account of life in central Ohio following the Civil War.Key words:Violet CountyColumbus, OhioCivil War Veterans

  • By KATHLEEN CANFIELD SWORDEN on January 18, 2003

    George Dell took me on a a 299-page trip back in Ohio time, and I never wanted to come back. From his no-nonsense introduction to Thomas Linthorne's Sunday afternoon in April, 1866 on page 3, to Thomas' death on another Sunday afternoon in June,about 50 years later, Dell's writing is just right: not too thick, not too thin; just enough to fill you up, and make you wish there was more than just this 1986 story from the 85 year old, smooth-writing Dell. I started Dell's post-civil War Ohio story of his returning veteran on the Wednesday night after book club, falling asleep around the time the first baby was born. The book called to me at work the next day; I had to leave at noon, taking half a vacation day to finish it. Thomas, wife Kate, and children Hocking, Charlotte, Faith, and Grover are a typical Ohio farm family of the late 19th century - but touched by the same struggles of any family of the this century. Religious faith versus agnosticism, career versus family, and the challenges of neighbors and children all touch the same nerves. Dell's language has a hint of the Homeric - his "frost-blanched sky" on page 3 signals the epic journey to come. It is a odyssey worth taking, filled with temptations, truth, and consequences. Rnjoy the scenery; the pace is perfect, and the company outstanding. I hope my Ohio ancestors lived lives half as thoughtful, and at least as hopeful, as Dell's Linthorne family.

  • By A customer on July 17, 2001

    I have read this book over, and over, and over again, and I never tire of it. It truly is a treasure. By reading it, you absorb a bit of history, and you benefit from experiencing triumph, joy, heartache and sadness, religion, even humor. Almost like 'Little House on The Prairie' with quite a bit of spice.


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