The Keeper of the Bees

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Indiana University Press, 1991 - Fiction - 515 pages
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Set in the author's adopted home of California in the 1920s, this is Gene Stratton-Porter's last novel, a story filled with wisdom, a love of nature, and her own abiding optimism. In it a Master Bee Keeper, his bees, and the natural beauty of California restore a wounded World War I veteran to health.

  

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For a refreshing change of pace.....read on! - Goodreads
I really like the naturalness of her writing style. - Goodreads
There is romance, mystery, and a little twist of plot. - Goodreads
The story was pretty simple, but the writing is great! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mitzi - Goodreads

I loved this book. Yes there was quite a bit of moralizing in it, a couple of too-good-to-be-true moments here and there, etc. - but it's such a sweet story, with such engaging characters, that none ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily Gerber - Goodreads

I loved some parts of this book. It was definitely a good read but there were a few parts here and there that were hard to get through. Other than that this book was very interesting. A book you can read and take some information from. Read full review

Contents

His OWN MAN i
1
THE GREAT ADVENTURE
11
THE BEE MASTER
24
CONTENTS
30
IN THE GARDEN OF THE BEES
56
THE LITTLE SCOUT
68
Gooo MASTER WHAT SHALL I
94
THE STORM WOMAN
116
THE KEEPER OF THE BEES
272
THE HOMEMADE MIRACLE
307
REAPING THE WHIRLWIND
331
THE PARTNERSHIP BABY
353
THE INTERLOPER
372
THE LITTLE SCOUT ON THE WAR PATH
401
THE PROVINCE OF A FRIEND
428
THE SCOUT MUTINY
446

A NEW KIND OF WEDDING
130
VlTAMINES AND SCOUTS
158
CHAPTER PAGE X BECAUSE OF GOD
186
THE AROMA OF A SPIRIT AND A FLOWER
213
SEEING THROUGH VEILED PLACES
236
THEN COMES A VISION
466
THE MAGNIFICENT LIE
480
STILL ADVENTURING
487
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About the author (1991)

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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