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Mary J. Holmes (1825–1907)

Forfatter af Homestead on the Hillside

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Image credit: Mary Jane Hawes Holmes (1825 or 1828-1907), Buffalo Electrotype and Engraving Co., Buffalo, N.Y.

Værker af Mary J. Holmes

Homestead on the Hillside (1876) 100 eksemplarer
Lena Rivers (1856) 78 eksemplarer
Tempest and Sunshine (1854) 68 eksemplarer
Meadow Brook (1900) 58 eksemplarer
Aikenside (1903) 50 eksemplarer
Darkness and Daylight (1864) 44 eksemplarer
Millbank, or, Roger Irving's Ward (1900) 44 eksemplarer
Rose Mather: A Tale of the War (1868) 44 eksemplarer
Mildred, or, The Child of Adoption (1905) 43 eksemplarer
The Rector of St. Mark's (1910) 41 eksemplarer
Rosamond, or, The Youthful Error (1900) 38 eksemplarer
Miss McDonald (1917) 26 eksemplarer
Edith Lyle's Secret (1910) 21 eksemplarer
Tracy Park (1886) 10 eksemplarer
Bessie's Fortune (1885) 8 eksemplarer
Hugh Worthington (2010) 7 eksemplarer
Gretchen (1887) 6 eksemplarer
Edith Lyle (2008) 6 eksemplarer
Forrest House (2009) 5 eksemplarer
Marguerite (1890) 5 eksemplarer
Cousin Maude and Rosamond (1897) 4 eksemplarer
The Cromptons (2010) 4 eksemplarer
The Merivale banks 3 eksemplarer
Rena's Experiment 3 eksemplarer
Madeline (1881) 3 eksemplarer
Queenie Hetherton 3 eksemplarer
Cousin Hugh 3 eksemplarer
Paul Ralston 2 eksemplarer
Christmas stories 2 eksemplarer
Jessie Graham, or Love and Pride (1906) 2 eksemplarer
Chateau d'Or (1966) 2 eksemplarer
Leighton homestead 2 eksemplarer
Daisy Thornton (2011) 2 eksemplarer
What Would You Do, Love? (1903) 1 eksemplar
The abandoned farm 1 eksemplar
Connie's Mistake 1 eksemplar
Darkness and light 1 eksemplar

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Andre navne
Hawes, Mary Jane (née)
Brookfield, Massachusetts, USA
Brockport, New York, USA
Brookfield, Massachusetts, USA (birth)
Versailles, Kentucky, USA
Brockport, New York, USA
short story writer
Kort biografi
Mary Jane Holmes, née Hawes, was born in Brookfield, Massachusetts to a family with modest circumstances. Her father died when she was 12 years old, and she went to work as a school teacher at 13. She began writing and storytelling at an early age, and published her first story in a local newspaper at 15. In 1849, she married Daniel Holmes and moved with him to Versailles, Kentucky, where they both taught for a few years. The small towns and people she met there served as the inspiration for her novels set in the antebellum South.

In 1852, the couple settled in Brockport, near Rochester, New York. She gave up teaching to devote herself to her writing. In 1854, she published her first novel, Tempest and Sunshine, which became her most popular book. She traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East, collecting art and continuing to write and publish about one book a year until her death. Altogether, she wrote 39 novels, plus short stories and novellas. Many of her works appeared first in serial form or were first published in periodicals such as the New York Weekly, Lippincott’s, and the Atlantic Monthly. She sold a total of two million books in her lifetime, making her popularity in her day second only to that of Harriet Beecher Stowe.



This was similar to Millbank (which I liked). Perhaps its because I tend to be biased against blondes (a feeling Holmes seems to share). It has its failings--but was an interesting study in the 19th century mentality. I prefer Alcott's frankness to her unwillingness to be forthright.
OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Talk about a soap! You name it? It happened. (Okay-- not quite.) I was exhausted emotionally and didn't care at the end because I didn't have any emotions left.
OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
I was absolutely blown away by this novel. A delicate mix of Stowe, Alcott, and Montgomery, I found it to be delightfully unpretentious. I was glad that I tried this posthumous referral from Laura Ingalls Wilder.
OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Marian is an orphan, raised in genteel circumstances by an unrelated guardian, Mr. Raymond. On his death bed he states his wishes that 15-year-old Marian marry his son, Frederic. Mr. Raymond tells Frederic the same thing. There is a secret involved here, a secret that Frederic knows but Marian does not. Frederic is in love with someone else but marries Marian because of this secret. Marian finds out this secret right after the wedding ceremony and flees. The rest of the book is spent with both Marian’s and Frederic’s various adventures and personal growth until they are reunited at the end of the book.

This is the third book by Mary J. Holmes that I’ve read, and I think the melodrama level is a little high in her work generally. In this book there are mistaken identities, people in love with people who love someone else, letters given to the wrong person, orphans with fortunes, and a whole lot of illness involving fevers where the person might live or die. But I also enjoyed reading a book in which the main characters recognized their weaknesses and worked at their own improvement. People were expected to behave well towards others, and all of the characters who misbehaved received the consequences of and later came to regret their actions.

This book looks like it was originally published in 1863, and the author lived in the south during the Civil War. The times and the author's experiences are reflected in this work.

I would recommend it to others who are looking for lighter reading.
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SilverKitty | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 5, 2013 |


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