Saturday, August 17, 2013

Happy birthday, Gene Stratton-Porter

It is the birthday of writer Gene Stratton-Porter (1863), who is remembered for her best-selling novels Freckles (1904) and A Girl of the Limberlost (1909), both set in Indiana's Limberlost Swamp, a vast wetlands area where she lived. Stratton-Porter was also a naturalist and wildlife photographer. Some of her favorite subjects were the birds and moths of Limberlost Swamp. Stratton-Porter also wrote The Song of the Cardinal (1903), At the Foot of the Rainbow (1907), The Harvester (1911), Laddie (1913), Michael O'Halloran (1915), A Daughter of the Land (1918), Her Father's Daughter (1921), The White Flag (1923), The Keeper of the Bees (1925), and The Magic Garden (1927). Many of Stratton-Porter's books were adapted for film.

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