The Harvester

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Fiction - 516 pages
15 Reviews

Gene Stratton-Porter returns us to her beloved Midwestern woodlands with a hero modeled after Henry David Thoreau. He and his "wonderful, alluring" Ruth ultimately find idyllic bliss in the pure, unspoiled woods, but not before her mysterious past is revealed and resolved.

  

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User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

I am just thinking, does anyone ever read stuff like this any more? And look: reliable old Goodreads, NINE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE ratings! Pace is a bit slow, characters a bit thin, plot really pretty ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

Another lovely story from Mrs. Stratton-Porter. This one has the same landscape and trademark story telling of Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost but has an entirely different feel. Unlike the coming ... Read full review

Contents

Belshazzars Decision
3
The Effect of a Dream
18
Harvesting the Forest
33
A Commission for the South Wind
44
When the Harvester Made Good
60
To Labour and to Wait
78
The Quest of the Dream Girl
93
Belshazzars Record Point
112
The Way of a Man with a Maid
199
When the Dream Came True
223
Snowy Wings
267
The Harvester Interprets Life
280
Granny Morelands Visit
307
Love Invades Science
353
The Better Man
381
A Vertical Spine
413

The Harvester Goes Courting
137
The Chime of the Blue Bells
152
Demonstrated Courtship
180
The Man in the Background
451
The Coming of the Bluebird
485
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About the author (1987)

Geneva Grace Stratton was born on a farm in Wabash County, Indiana in 1863. Stratton attended public schools. At an early age she roamed the countryside and developed a lively interest in nature and wildlife. In 1874 the family moved to the city of Wabash. She stayed in school until she was almost twenty, but did not receive a high school diploma. After an accident Stratton met during her recovery Charles Darwin Porter, a pharmacist from Geneva. He was 13 years her senior, but they were married in 1886. After oil was discovered on some farmland Mr. Porter owned, the Porters built a large house on the edge of the Limberlost swamp, a natural preserve for wild plants, moths, and birds. Stratton-Porter began to photograph birds and animals of the Swamp. Her early photographs appeared in the magazines Recreation and Outing. In 1901 she published her first piece of fiction in Metropolitan magazine. Stratton-Porter made her debut with The Song of the Cardinal. The next story, Freckles, about an orphan who gets a job as a timber guard in Limberlost, became a success. The book was made into a film in 1935 and 1960. During World War I Stratton-Porter moved to California. She wrote editorials for McCall's magazine and founded in 1922 Gene Stratton Porter film company to produce movies of her books. Stratton-Porter died on December 6, 1924, in Los Angeles, from injuries following a traffic accident when her limousine was hit by a trolley car. She was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in California. Her book, The Keeper of the Bees was posthumously published. The book was filmed in 1935.

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