The Bears of Blue River

The Bears of Blue River

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by Charles Major
     
 

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Charles Major (July 25, 1856 – February 13, 1913) was an American lawyer and novelist.

Born to an upper-middle class Indianapolis family, Major developed an interest in both law and English history at an early age and attended the University of Michigan from 1872 through 1875, being admitted to the Indiana bar association in 1877. Shortly thereafter he

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Charles Major (July 25, 1856 – February 13, 1913) was an American lawyer and novelist.

Born to an upper-middle class Indianapolis family, Major developed an interest in both law and English history at an early age and attended the University of Michigan from 1872 through 1875, being admitted to the Indiana bar association in 1877. Shortly thereafter he opened his own law practice, which launched a short political career, culminating in a year-long term in the Indiana state legislature.

Writing remained an interest of Major, and in 1898, he published his first novel, When Knighthood Was in Flower. The novel about England during the reign of King Henry VIII was an exhaustively researched historical romance, and became enormously popular, holding a place on the New York Times bestselling list for nearly three years. The novel was adapted into a popular Broadway play by Paul Kester in 1901, premiering at the Criterion Theatre that year. The novel also launched relatively successful film adaptations in 1908 and 1922. 

With a successful writing career, Major gradually lessened his legal obligations, closing his law practice over a year after his first novel, in 1899. Published in 1902, his third novel, Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall, another historical romance, this time set in Elizabethan times, rivaled the success of his first. Once again, the novel was adapted for the theater by Paul Kester, and saw a film release in 1924 starring Mary Pickford.

Major continued to write and publish several additional novels, to varying degrees of success, as well as a number of children's adventure stories, most set in and around his native state of Indiana. Charles Major died of liver cancer on February 13, 1913, at his home in Shelbyville, Indiana.

In 2006, Shelbyville, Indiana native Eric Linne wrote and copyrighted a motion picture screenplay adaptation of Mr. Major's novel The Bears of Blue River.

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ISBN-13:
2940014075015
Publisher:
Publish This, LLC
Publication date:
01/30/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
194 KB

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The Bears Of Blue River (c1901) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fourth grade teacher read this book to the class. I remembered it and have looked for it for a very long time. It is satisfying to have it. To read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I had first read it as a kid and loved it, in part, because I grew up about a 1/2 hour from Shelbyville - where they have a statue of him holding up the bears and we would pass by it whenever we passed thru the area, very cool! It's a great for a kid with an imagination and is well-written enough to keep an adult's interest too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the others here, I read this in elementary school (in the mid 80s), and I loved it! I even got in trouble for reading ahead :-). Young readers should get a kick out of the adventures in this book, especially in conjunction with Indiana history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in a fifth grade class and we are learning about Indiana history. It is great for people to learn about pioneeers and what they did. It is also a great book because Balser comes across so many bears and you think he will die everytime.The bears just seem to pop up out of nowhere.It is really exciting and I reccomend it to people who need to learn more about pioneer life.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Kiss your hand post this on three other book reviews and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrushstar lapped at the cool water of the stream, her brown tabby-and-white pelt dull with dust.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that is new everytime i read it