The Purple Heights
First published in 1920, Marie Conway Oemler's "The Purple Heights" is the story of the life of Peter Champneys, a fatherless boy, with black hair and hazel eyes living with his mother in a small house in South Carolina. Shy with children of his own age, Peter makes friends of unlikely creatures: a small gray cat named Martin Luther who presents him with a litter of kittens, or a Red Admiral butterfly, which Peter believes is a fairy, or at the very least a good omen. And so it is -- as Peter grows to manhood he continues to pursue the Red Admiral and finds his life's vocation, painting, and his love, Anne.
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