Hardcover Book, Only Fifty Years Ago, Gladys Carroll, First Edition, Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir
A hardcover book entitled Only Fifty Years Ago by Gladys Hasty Carroll. A historical perspective told one month at a time as it chronicles the world of New England in 1909 from the perspective of 1962.
The author is the Marcy Hasty of fifty years ago. While the little girl's viewpoint is skillfully sustained, the reach is broader based than this, and an adult looking back interprets the mood of season, while the child chooses from memory the highpoint that means each passing month. There's the rhythm of the seasons in the writing, and one feels an intimate relationship with the Maine farm background near Ogunquit and the New Hampshire line. The family, three generations, sprawling over the northeast corner of the United States come together for celebrations and one gets a sense of close bonds of common interest, common heritage and an acceptance of the right to be different. For younger readers this will seem much farther back than fifty years: as cars were rare, the first planes a miracle, the one room schoolhouse was not an anomaly, and the family farm, supplying a major part of the livelihood, was a normal way of life. The book has great charm.
Gladys Hasty Carroll (1904 – 1999) was an American novelist active from the late 1920s into the 1980s. In her fiction and non-fiction, Carroll wrote about what she knew and people that she loved, especially those in the Southern Maine rural community of Dunnybrook, located in South Berwick, Maine. Carroll believed that the history of common folk mattered most and her works presented their stories.
8¼ x 5½ inches
Published by Little Brown and Company -- 1962 --- First Edition
This book is used and in very good condition. The book has no rips or tears. The inside pages are clean, completely unmarked, and crisp. The binding is completely intact and strong. There are some water marks on the books covers. The dust jacket is in good condition with some rips or tears on the back cover and along the spine.
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