The Heritage: A Daughter's Memories of Louis Bromfield

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Louis Bromfield, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, established one of the most significant homesteads in Ohio on his Malabar Farm. Today it receives thousands of visitors a year from all over the world; once the site of the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, it was a successful prototype of experimental and conservation farming.

This lively, outspoken, and affectionate memoir preserves all things Louis Bromfield fought for or against in a life marked by surging ...

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Overview

Louis Bromfield, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, established one of the most significant homesteads in Ohio on his Malabar Farm. Today it receives thousands of visitors a year from all over the world; once the site of the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, it was a successful prototype of experimental and conservation farming.

This lively, outspoken, and affectionate memoir preserves all things Louis Bromfield fought for or against in a life marked by surging vitality and gusto. He came from an Ohio family whose roots were in the land before the land was lost. He had his father's love of the land, and from his willful mother a hunger to know the world. From the New York City of theaters, concerts, parties, and novels, and a life in France that his success allowed, he finally returned to Ohio and established a new order for his family and friends, and for his followers, a new orbit into which they were drawn.

Ellen Bromfield Geld wrote a memoir of the man who was Louis Bromfield, father and friend, tyrant and “Boss,” alive always to whatever was worth responding to in people and in places, yet complex and lonely as a writer must essentially be to work at his craft. Now revived in paperback thirty-five years after its first publication, The Heritage remains a moving tribute and the recreation of a remarkable human being.

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Herself a successful writer, Geld remembers growing up with Bromfield (1896-1956), a popular novelist and screenplay writer when he returned to Ohio from France in 1938, but who is best known for a series of books that are ecology classics and for creating Malabar Farm, which is now a state park. Harper and Brothers published the cloth edition in 1962. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821412886
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 866,084
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Presbytere de St. Etienne 1
2 Of Roots and the World 18
3 The Seasons 36
4 The Garden and the Pattern 52
5 The Return 68
6 The Farm and the Plan 76
7 The Big House 87
8 The World of Aunt Julia Post and Mary Wood Bromfield 93
9 Home Life 104
10 The Lesson 117
11 The View from Mt. Jeez 123
12 Christmas and the Three Witches 133
13 Death of a Critic 152
14 The Harvest Season 163
15 Time to Go 175
16 The White Room 184
17 The Heritage 196
Postscript 205
Epilogue 207
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