Hannah Fowler

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In the novel Hannah Fowler, Janice Holt Giles created a pioneer woman who would, In Giles's words, "endow her own physical seed with her strength and courage, and her own tenderness and love." First published in 1956, this work is the second in Giles's series of historical novels on Kentucky, which includes The Kentuckians and The Believers.

Samuel Moore and his daughter Hannah set out for the border country with a party led by George Rogers Clark but left to follow the Kentucky...

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Overview

In the novel Hannah Fowler, Janice Holt Giles created a pioneer woman who would, In Giles's words, "endow her own physical seed with her strength and courage, and her own tenderness and love." First published in 1956, this work is the second in Giles's series of historical novels on Kentucky, which includes The Kentuckians and The Believers.

Samuel Moore and his daughter Hannah set out for the border country with a party led by George Rogers Clark but left to follow the Kentucky River to Boones' Fort. As the story opens, Hannah is nursing her father, injured when an axe slips and cuts his leg. By the time Tice Fowler, on his way to Logan's Fort, stumbles upon them alone in the wilderness, Samuel is dying from blood poisoning.

When Samuel dies, Tice takes Hannah to the fort, where women are scarce, and Hannah finds herself besieged by suitors. Only with Tice, as silent and downright as herself, does Hannah feel at ease. Finally, she turns to the bashful Tice and asks him to marry her and take her away from the crowded fort. Together, they take their claim to land, build a cabin, and start a family. They endure the harsh frontier life, the threat of hungry wolves, a killing blizzard, and Indian raids.

Hannah is an unforgettable character -- tall, physically and psychologically strong, the epitome of frontier womanhood -- brought to life by a woman who knew and loved the Kentucky people and setting about which she wrote.

Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979), author of nineteen books, lived and wrote near Knifley, Kentucky, for thirty-four years. Her biography is told in Janice Holt Giles: A Writer's Life.

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Reprint of the Houghton Mifflin edition of 1956. New foreword by Dianne Watkins. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813108100
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 509,253
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    A strong unforgettable female character

    A real page turner. Once you get into the rhythm of the backwoods dialect..the pages just fly by. Good characterization of Hannah and Tice. A definite read for anyone who likes to read about the frontier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    EXCELLENT!

    While reading this book I didn't want it to end. Having grandparents who lived in KY.in the mid 1800s I could visualize their hard life. Highly recommend it.

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