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A Girl of the Limberlost (original 1909; edition 1910)

by Gene Stratton-Porter, Wladyslaw T. Benda (Illustrator)

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Title:A Girl of the Limberlost
Authors:Gene Stratton-Porter
Other authors:Wladyslaw T. Benda (Illustrator)
Info:Doubleday, Page & Co (1910), Hardcover, 485 pages
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Excellent! Why in the world isn't this a "must read" in school? There is so much to this wonderful book, adventure, drama, and love! ( )
  MonicaEH | May 23, 2017 |
I wish I had read this as a child. Back then Little House on the Prairie books were still cool and I dreamed of being an innocent outdoors-woman. Now... not so much. I found Elnora to be a little too perfect, I would have killed for a fault or two. She always obeys her mother, does, what it right, always helps her neighbors, never encourages young men. She's too good! I wanted some excitement. Her tempestuous mother I could at least relate to even though she was a bitch. This book is the second in the Limberlost series although you needn't have read it. This story follows Elnora as she enters high school, enters society, and starts to earn money by collecting moths, butterflies, and other swamp specimen. She grows from a naive little country bumpkin to a refined little lady who is yards smarter and kinder than anyone else. Slow reading, but not bad. It's written well but would do best for younger readers. ( )
  ecataldi | Feb 2, 2017 |
69/150 ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
I found this book very strange. I wanted to love it but it was so clunky! It's not like I don't read older fiction, I do and am comfortable with a lack of modernity in dialogue or storyline, but the characters are so odd and I'm not sure I believed in anyone's transitions. I was also sad that there was so little descriptions of her surroundings. I was hoping for some great nature writing but was sorely disappointed. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Loved this classic! ( )
  RhondasReading | Jun 2, 2016 |
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To all girls of the Limberlost in general, and one Jeannette Helen Porter in particular.
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"Elnora Comstock, have you lost your senses?" demanded the angry voice of Katharine Comstock whle she glared at her daughter.
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Of all the books written by Hoosier writers, Gene Stratton-Porter’s A Girl of the Limberlost is unquestionably the most cherished: the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp. Elnora Comstock has served as a role model for successive generations of independent young readers.

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Deeply wounded by her embittered mother's lack of sympathy for her aspirations, Elnora finds comfort in the nearby Limberlost Swamp, whose beauty and rich abundance provide her with the means to better her life.

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Indiana University Press

2 editions of this book were published by Indiana University Press.

Editions: 0253203317, 0253133203

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