Once There Was a Farm: A Country Childhood Remembered

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University of Virginia Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 273 pages
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Nearly fifty years after she left the family farm of her childhood, Virginia Bell Dabney was compelled to write a memoir. She and her two sisters were raised on a Virginia farm during the hardscrabble years of the 1920s and 1930s. Her determined, independent mother managed to make a life for her famiy, despite hardships such as the Depression and a fire that destroyed their home. Although raised in a spare environment where leaky ceilings and cold winter nights were the norm, Dabney finds much to love, and to rejoice over, in her country upbringing: the wonder of hens laying eggs, the sensations asscoiated with milking a cow, her warm friendship with her mother's black maid. The remarkable clarity of her half-century-old memories and her simple, unaffected tone bring this country childhood unforgettably to life.

 

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Once there was a farm, a country childhood remembered by Dabney_ Virginia Bell Stories of life in 1900's from a rural farm with no electricity. Told from a child's point of view and the struggles they ... Read full review

Contents

IN THE BEGINNING
3
MY MOTHER THE FARMER
7
A CLOWN IN BLUE
35
NOSTALGIA THY SOUND IS MOOI 4 3
43
CONVERSATIONS 5 3
53
SISTERS 6 1
61
BAPTISM
81
DAPHNE AND ROBERI 9 5
95
PLACES
117
DROUGHT
126
STARTING OVER
136
GATES 1 48
149
THE DANCE 1 6 6
163
MY FATHER THE STRANGER 1172
172
A LITTLE SOMETHING COMING IN 18 3
183
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EARLY SCENES AND NIGHI PIECES
106

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About the author (1998)

Virginia Bell Dabney [1919-1997] lived on a farm in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia.

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