Harold Bell Wright (1872-1944) was a best-selling American writer of fiction, essays, and non-fiction during the first half of the 20th century. He is said to have been the first American writer to sell a million copies of a novel and the first to make $1 million from writing fiction.
Harold Bell Wright
Brand: Wildside Press
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Once I read this book a few summers ago, it quickly became my all-time favorite book. I had seen the play, which is spectacular, and I had seen the movie (a bit disappointing to me), but nothing could prepare me for the book. Harold Bell Wright creates a masterpiece. And that is an understatement. Several plots develop throughout the story, each one seeming irrelevent when compared to another, yet they are all interwoven masterfully by the end of the book. There is the lonely stranger, who wanders into the hills, and changes the community and then learns something about himself and the meaning of life. Readers then watch Sammy Lane struggle to become a "sure 'nough lady," and will most likely cheer on Young Matt as he fights to steal Sammy's heart from Ollie Stewart, though he knows Ollie promises Sammy a rich city life. Readers are also involved in Young Matt's and Wash Gibb's struggles to the title of "Strongest Man in the Hills." And Old Matt, Aunt Mollie and the Shepherd are...
This book was so good. I first read it when I seven and have read it a million times since. My parents have gone to see the play of it and they say the book is better. This book is truly better than any one of the many books I had to read in school. I wish they would make it part of the reading list in schools. Kids would enjoy it so much. If you are looking for a great all around book. This one is it. It has action, suspense, love, comedy, and of course drama. It is neither too long of a novel or too short.
Michael R. Phillips' edition of Harold Bell Wright's The Shepherd of the Hills accurately traces the story line. In his attempt to create a readable version of the novel for contemporary readers, presumably school children, Phillips has omitted lines and references to characters, rewritten Wright's awkward sentences, and omitted Ozark vernacular still spoken today. The 1907 edition, reprinted by the Shepherd of the Hills Historical Society in 1987, serves as a basis for my comments. Phillips omits the Wright's dedication of the book to his wife as well as the quotation from Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, both of which give insight into Wright's insipiration for his novel. Future literary historians and linguists will not glean the richness of the Ozark dialect because Phillips omits phrasing peculiar to the region. For example, "I don't guess" which is used today by people in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas is rewritten as "I...
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