Fun Facts Friday: Zane Grey
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 31, 2020

The TV series The Lone Ranger was adapted from his successful novel The Lone Star Ranger (adapted into movies in 1919, 1923, 1930 and 1942, and a 1949 comic book published by Dell Comics titled The Ranger). Fifty of Mr. Grey’s novels were adapted into over 100 movies.

Fun Facts Friday: Marsden Hartley
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 4, 2019

Marsden Hartley (4 January, 1877 – 2 September, 1943) was an American essayist, poet and modernist painter. Books by Marsden Hartley* Born in Lewiston, Maine as Edmund, Mr. Hartley was the youngest of nine children. His mother died when he was eight years old, his father married Martha Marsden four years later. In his early twenties, he assumed the name Marsden. When Mr. Hartley was 14 years old, his family moved to Ohio, but he stayed in Maine working in a shoe factory. A year later he joined his family in Cleveland and began training at the Cleveland School of Art. Hartley excelled at the Cleveland School of Art, which gave him the opportunity and financial backing to study at New York’s William Merritt Chase’s School of Art and the National Academy of Design (winning the Academy’s Suydam Silver Medal for still-life drawing). At age 22 Mr. Hartley traveled in Europe and met writers and artists in Paris including Gertrude Stein and her circle of friends. World War I forced Mr. Hartley to come back to New York, he began wandering from place to place painting and writing. In 1923 his book Twenty-five Poems was published in Paris. In 1930…

Book Review: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdes
4 Stars , Fiction / January 26, 2011

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has kindly made available to one (1) copy to be given out – Enter at the end of the post. My rating for Wench – 4 About: “Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdes (Website | Twitter) if a fictional story which takes place examines the relationship between white masters and their concubines slaves. The story mostly takes place in the early 1850s at an Ohio vacation resort called Tawawa House (now Old Wilberforce University) . Get a discount on “Wench” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: “Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdes centers around, and told by, a house slave named Lizzie who is the mistress of her owner Nathan Drayle. Nathan is a poor man who married to Francesca who is heiress to a rich Southern family. The book is an easy read but artfully told and well written story. The narrative is clean and sometime even lyrical.  The characters are multi-dimensional, vivid and fully realized; surprisingly many of the minor characters are well developed as well. Perkins-Valdes made a courageous decision; she started out the book with…

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