At the Foot of the Rainbow

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The Floating Press, Oct 1, 2012 - Fiction - 210 pages
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Beloved American author Gene Stratton-Porter was one of the first influential female figures to raise awareness about the importance of conservation. Like many of her novels, At the Foot of the Rainbow takes place in a beautiful outdoor setting against which a complex human drama unfolds. Will this strange love triangle come to a happy conclusion, or will it implode in tragedy?
 

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Contents

A Little Story of Her Life and Work
5
Chapter 1 The RatCatchers of the Wabash
43
Chapter II Ruben OKhayam and the Milk Pail
55
Chapter III The Fifty Coons of the Canoper
68
Chapter IV When the Kingfisher and the Black Bass Came Home
82
Chapter V When the Rainbow Set its Arch in the Sky
95
Chapter VI The Heart of Mary Malone
114
Chapter VII The Apple of Discord Becomes a Jointed Rod
132
Chapter VIII When the Black Bass Struck
151
Chapter IX When Jimmy Malone Came to Confession
169
Chapter X Dannies Renunciation
182
Chapter XI The Pot of Gold
196
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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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