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A Girl of the Limberlost (1909)

by Gene Stratton-Porter

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Series: Limberlost (2)

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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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This was a surprisingly good read - we bought this book after a visit to the Limberlost some years back, and I hadn't expected it to much to my liking, being what we would now call a "young adult" novel over a century old. But the writing was good, the story compelling and the social background of rural Indiana in the early part of the last century was fascinating. A whole new perspective on the beginnings of the Progressive Era. Recommended. ( )
  dhaxton | Nov 24, 2023 |
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.
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 21, 2023 |
Good novel somewhat in the nature of Anne of Green Gables. Young woman is helped by nature to heal. I was looking at the time for something like Anne of Green Gables and found this one. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
I first read Elnora's story when I was 12, and I reread this favorite every June, for the moths. ( )
  CMOBrien | Oct 18, 2021 |
I loved this book a lot. I’d love my daughters to meet boys like Philip, and hold the world in wonder like Elnora. My only complaint is when the story is wrapped up and yet the author felt the need to add in the part for Phillip’s ex, how she came to know herself and repent of her selfish life to that point. It was very tidy and pat, and felt awfully convenient and moralistic, and not really necessary. It didn’t spoil the book for me, tho, Ms. Stratton-Porter’s way of delighting in nature and extolling virtue is a joy to read. ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
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Gene Stratton-Porterprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aiken, JoanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benda, Wladyslaw T.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giff, Patricia ReillyAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 while she glared at her daughter.
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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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Freckles & A Girl of the Limberlost are set in the Limberlost Swamp area of Indiana and describe this impressive wetland region, greatly reduced by heavy logging, natural oil extraction and drainage for agriculture. "Freckles" is an adult orphan, with bright red hair and a freckled complexion. His right hand is missing at the wrist, and has been since before he can remember. Exhausted after days of walking and looking like a hobo, he applies for a job with a lumber company in the Limberlost Swamp. Freckles gets hired by owner McLean to be on the watch for those who steal the timber. McLean's chief worry is Black Jack Carter, who has sworn to smuggle several priceless trees out of the swamp. When a recently fired lumberman named Wessner tries to bribe Freckles so the Black Jack's gang of thieves steal a prime tree next to the trail, Freckles gets into a fist fight with him and, although severely pummeled, chases him off. The next afternoon, while Freckles is recovering from beating, a lovely girl appears looking for him. Freckles falls in love with her while she helps him recover. She becomes his guardian angel as the Black Jack's gang seeks revenge. "A Girl of the Limberlost" – Elnora Comstock, is an impoverished young woman who lives with her widowed mother, Katharine, on the edge of the Limberlost. Elnora faces cold neglect by her mother, a woman who feels ruined by the death of her husband, Robert Comstock, who drowned in quicksand in the swamp. The Comstocks make money by selling eggs and other farm products, but Mrs. Comstock refuses to cut down a single tree in the forest, or to delve for oil. Elnora is beginning high school and she is determined to earn an education. She has a valuable specimens box which her friend Freckles left for her, and a desire to succeed in her enterprising scheme to gather and sell artifacts and moths from the Limberlost. Elnora is smart and witty; her heart aches for returned love and for support of her disapproving mother.
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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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