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Walter D. Edmonds (1903–1998)

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The Matchlock Gun (1941) 2,515 kappaletta
Drums Along the Mohawk (1936) 474 kappaletta
In The Hands Of The Senecas (1947) 65 kappaletta
The Boyds of Black River (1953) 53 kappaletta
Bert Breen's Barn (1975) 53 kappaletta
Rome Haul (1929) 41 kappaletta
Two Logs Crossing (1943) 32 kappaletta
They Fought With What They Had (1951) 27 kappaletta
Chad Hanna (1940) 27 kappaletta
Cadmus Henry (1949) 21 kappaletta
Time to Go House (1969) 19 kappaletta
Young Ames (1942) 17 kappaletta
Wilderness Clearing (1944) 16 kappaletta
Beaver valley (1971) 14 kappaletta
The South African Quirt (1985) 14 kappaletta
Wolf hunt (1970) 13 kappaletta
Seven American Stories (1969) 11 kappaletta
Tom Whipple (1942) 11 kappaletta
Tales My Father Never Told (1995) 10 kappaletta
The First Hundred Years 1848-1948 (1948) 10 kappaletta
Erie Water (1933) 9 kappaletta
They had a horse (1962) 8 kappaletta
The Wedding Journey (1939) 8 kappaletta
The story of Richard Storm (1974) 7 kappaletta
The Big Barn (1930) 4 kappaletta
Uncle Ben's whale (2015) 3 kappaletta
Cadmus Henry (2015) 1 kappale
The Erie Canal 1 kappale
Dygartsbush 1 kappale

Associated Works

A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Avustaja — 295 kappaletta
Men at war : the best war stories of all time (1942) — Avustaja — 289 kappaletta
The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (1943) — Avustaja — 146 kappaletta
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Avustaja — 137 kappaletta
The Best American Humorous Short Stories (1945) — Avustaja — 85 kappaletta
The Pioneers: Novels of the American Frontier (1988) — Tekijä — 30 kappaletta
50 Best American Short Stories 1915-1939 (1939) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
Designs in Fiction (1968) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Currents in Fiction (1974) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Short Stories II (1961) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
To Break the Silence (1986) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
The Story Survey (1953) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2, October 1977 (1977) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Americans All: Stories of American Life To-Day (1971) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
The Undying Past (1961) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1934 (1934) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


Kanoninen nimi
Edmonds, Walter D.
Boonville, New York, USA
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Harvard University
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Walter "Walt" Dumaux Edmonds (July 15, 1903 – January 24, 1998) was an American writer best known for historical novels. One of them, Drums Along the Mohawk (1936), was adapted as a Technicolor feature film in 1939, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert.

Edmonds was born in Boonville, New York. In 1919 he entered The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut. Originally intending to study chemical engineering, he became more interested in writing and worked as managing editor of the Choate Literary Magazine. He graduated in 1926 from Harvard, where he edited The Harvard Advocate, and where he studied with Charles Townsend Copeland.

In 1929, he published his first novel, Rome Haul, a work about the Erie Canal. The novel was adapted for the 1934 play The Farmer Takes a Wife and the 1935 film of the same name. He married Eleanor Stetson in 1930.

Drums Along the Mohawk was on the bestseller list for two years, second only to Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel Gone with the Wind for part of that time. Bert Breen's Barn was a winner of the 1976 National Book Award in category Children's Books.

Edmonds eventually published 34 books, many for children, as well as a number of magazine stories. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1960 and the Newbery Medal in 1942, for The Matchlock Gun, and the National Book Award for Children's Literature in 1976, for Bert Breen's Barn.

When Eleanor died in 1956, Walter married Katherine Howe Baker Carr, who died in 1989. Walter Edmonds died in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1998.



In 1756, New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians were constant threats to Edward and his family. When his father was called away to watch for a raid from the north, only Edward was left to protect Mama and little Trudy. His father had shown him how to use the huge matchlock gun, an old Spanish gun that was twice as long as he was, but would Edward be able to handle it if trouble actually came?
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PlumfieldCH | 31 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 22, 2023 |
review from my 13 year old
“It tells the story of Edward and his grandparents who came to the U.S. during the time period of the French-Indian War. His father is in the militia. Everyone else is left alone (children and mother) and a raid came near them. Instead of choosing to go to Grandma’s, they stayed. They had their large gun brought from Holland which the Mother says not to fire til she says so. The raiding party comes to the house and the gun is fired. There is a fire. Then the father comes home.”

*YMMV, obviously guns, shooting.

Also a true story.

Here is one perspective http://www.readathomemom.com/2017/03/reading-through-history-matchlock-gun.html

Here is a quote from Wikipedia “ The book has been accused of depicting Native Americans as "horror, the ultimate nightmare [...which] may very well be one of the worst descriptions of Native people in children’s literature, certainly in the 20th century", and "eulogiz[ing] an American past in which the indigenous populations were regarded as sub-human, and every effort made to exterminate them."[1]”

Clearly a book that can have strong feelings raised. I encourage you to read this book for yourself and some of the other Library Thing reviews.
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FamiliesUnitedLL | 31 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 21, 2023 |
A pair of newlyweds head out to the New York wilderness to start a new life together, but with the Revolutionary War comes trouble and hardship. Plus, Indians.

Yeah, not my cuppa, I suppose. Just not...interesting enough? Which is too bad because it really could have been.
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electrascaife | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 13, 2023 |
Walter D. Edmonds wrote a number of novels set in and around New York along the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River. Drums Along the Mohawk and Chad Hannah were among his other books. Erie Water tells about the building of the Erie Canal through the experience of a young man who worked on the canal building the locks. The copy I read was a 1964 paperback printing, the book was first published in 1933.

Erie Water is not Edmonds' best work. I thought Drums Along the Mohawk was much better. It dragged in places and seemed too long. However it did capture the feel of the canal and showed how it was made. The place names were all real places and since I now live near the Erie Canal I did enjoy that part of the book.… (lisätietoja)
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MMc009 | Jan 30, 2022 |



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