Helen Reimensnyder Martin was born into the family of an immigrant German clergyman on October 18, 1868. She studied at Swarthmore and Radcliffe Colleges and was a teacher at a private school in New York City. In 1899 she married a German music teacher and moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was there that she began writing stories about the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Tillie: A Mennonite Maidby Helen R. Martin
This charming reprint of the classic 1904 edition of Tillie: A Mennonite Maid tells the story of a young woman's coming of age. The simple life of the Pennsylvania Dutch at the turn of the century was stifling for women, who were taught to unconditionally obey their fathers and husbands. Tillie defies social conventions to study and advance her lot in life when a Harvard graduate comes to town.
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Hardback reproduction (no dust jacket) at a decent price. A charming story about how a repressed country girl overcomes her environment to make her dream adulthood become reality. That dream still includes a future of hard work--not quite Cinderella here. The atmosphere is something like Beverly Lewis' Amish novels. In places it's like reading Uncle Remus--but here the local language is well-explained by the author. Unlike the children in most old movies (and books), this girl (from about 10 years to 18 years of age) or her younger siblings are NOT treated to a sentimental or sweet childhood. They are raised in the school of hard knocks. There are humorous endings to several of the situations that break up the pall of their everyday life. If you like stories from a past age, this one is right down your alley. Would make a good addition to a library of old novels, the binding (obviously new with no yellowed places, broken bindings and corners) is allegedly like the original. Large print, quick read. Fun to see the world through the eyes of an author of years ago. Human nature has not changed, just the environment. If you can find a copy of "A Wicked Woman" by Anne Austin, it's a bit more adult in its themes (a book to get lost in), but the children are kind, helpful, perceptive. Were children in past generations really so perfect?