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Three Miles Square
     

Three Miles Square

by Paul Corey
 

A captivating story that is the first volume in what has become known as the "Mantz trilogy," Three Miles Square garnered glowing reviews from some of the nation's luminary mid-twentieth century intellectuals when it was first published in 1939. Lewis Mumford, for instance, proclaimed the novel to be "one of the best novels of agricultural America that anyone has

Overview

A captivating story that is the first volume in what has become known as the "Mantz trilogy," Three Miles Square garnered glowing reviews from some of the nation's luminary mid-twentieth century intellectuals when it was first published in 1939. Lewis Mumford, for instance, proclaimed the novel to be "one of the best novels of agricultural America that anyone has produced in our generation . . . I recommend it to all those who wish to read more intimately the living face of America." Louis Bromfield urged Americans to "Read it: aside from the pleasure you will have, you will learn much and it will do a great deal toward helping you to understand this vast curious country of yours."

Author Paul Corey was born and raised on a 160 acre farm in western Iowa. He was the youngest of seven children. His father died when Paul was not yet two years old, leaving older brothers and sisters to carry on with the farm work until the place was sold in 1917, at which point the Corey's moved to Atlantic. This family history would become the autobiographical basis for the Mantz trilogy, the chronicle of one family and their neighbors on a journey through the nation's tumultuous agricultural history.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045571340
Publisher:
Foreverland Press
Publication date:
10/25/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
448 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Corey was born in Shelby, Iowa, in 1903, into a family who farmed 160 acres. The youngest of seven children, Corey’s father died when Paul was less than two years old. The running of the farm was then handled by Corey’s older brothers. Corey attended a one room school house, and wrote his first story when he was about 11 years old. In 1917, his mother moved to Atlantic Iowa, the Cass County seat, and Corey started high school there. Money was tight, and Corey held various jobs, including at a jewelry store and a music store. In the summers, he hired out as a farm hand. After graduating in 1921, Corey attended the University of Iowa, from which he graduated in 1925 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Chicago, and then on to New York City, where he hoped to become a serious writer. While in New York, Corey held several jobs, which left him with little time to write. Having married in 1928, in 1931 he and his wife moved to a small farm they had purchased a few years earlier in the hope that they would be able to both make a living and find the time to write. During this period, Corey had several short stories published. In the mid 1930’s, Corey began work on what would become the Mantz trilogy. The saga, all published by Bobbs Merrill, covered some 20 years in the lives of the Mantz family in three books: Three Miles Square (1939), The Road Returns (1940), and County Seat (1941). Corey brought to his novels the inside knowledge of one who has spent time working on a farm, and there is ample evidence of a tremendous eye for detail in his descriptions of the actual work of the farm and the way everyday life passed. One truly gets a sense of what it was like to live and work in the rural environment in the early 1900’s. Of equal importance is the sensibility that Corey brings to exploring the social and political attitudes prevalent at the time. It is worth noting that Corey’s expository of people’s thoughts and actions would not be perceived as very different from what occurs in today’s world, and this keeps his work relevant in the 21st century. Although the Mantz trilogy may be considered Corey’s best work, he continued to write through the 1940’s and ‘50’s, both fiction and, out of economic necessity, nonfiction (how-to books on furniture and home building); in 1968 he wrote his first science fiction novel, The Planet of the Blind (London: Robert Hale, 1968).

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