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Drums has been called one of the great novels of the American Revolution. it is also the very human story of Johnny Fraser, a boy from North Carolina, who joins in the fight for freedom. The novel contains a particularly fine portrait of John Paul Jones, who commands the Bonhomme Richard in a naval battle while Johnny is aboard. Of Jones the author wrote. "he was a far greater man than he ever had a chance to show."

This is the fifteenth Scribner Illustrated Classic to be made available to present-day readers. The original canvases have been newly photographed and reproduced with exceptional fidelity for this edition, and the text and the pen drawings have been reproduced from the first edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689801778
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/28/1995
Series: Illustrated Classics Series
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

James Boyd was born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania into a wealthy coal and oil family. He was the son of John Yeomans Boyd and Eleanor Gilmore Herr Boyd, who were from North Carolina. He attended Princeton University where he wrote verse and fiction for the Tiger and was its managing editor in his senior year. After graduation in 1910, he studied at Trinity College and Cambridge.

Boyd served overseas with the Army Ambulance Service in World War I. After World War I, he experienced ill health, and retired to Weymouth, a house his grandfather built in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Boyd's first book, Drums, was set in Edenton, North Carolina, and has been called the best novel written about the American Revolution.

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