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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:52 am 
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1933-1934: Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen


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William Hervey Allen, Jr. (1889-1949) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he later attended the U.S. Naval Academy, but was given an honorable discharge after having “overstrained himself in athletics” (Kunitz 18). He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1915, then joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. He served as a lieutenant in the infantry in World War One and was severely wounded.

After returning to the U.S., Allen settled down in South Carolina and began his career as a teacher and a writer, teaching English at Charleston High School and founding the Poetry Society of South Carolina. He later lectured at Columbia and then Vassar where he met Ann Hyde Andrews, whom he married in 1927.

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Anthony Adverse was published in 1933, and was to be Hervey Allen’s best-known and most successful work. Nearly penniless by the time he finished the novel, the royalties alone allowed him to buy a manor in Maryland.

Anthony Adverse tells the life-story of the eponymous Anthony. And when I say life story, I mean it covers his entire life in near-exhaustive detail, from the circumstances surrounding his conception in 1770’s Europe, to his death in Mexico at what I would guess to be the 1820’s or later.

This is an adventure novel, following the orphan Anthony, the son of a noble Scottish woman and her lover, abandoned at a convent by his mother’s husband, the evil Marquis Don Luis. Coincidence finds him the ward of his maternal grandfather, a wealthy merchant in Livorno, Italy. From there, his adventures include everything from African expeditions to owning a Southern plantation, to doing battle with Native Americans.

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The book is out of print but no old enough to for US Gutenberg, but Aussie Gutenberg has it at http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty-a-m.html


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:59 pm 
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I read this book back in spring..should have posted. Excellent book on Grant, both the war and president years. Chernow writes a great book, have enjoyed all his publications.


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Posted on November 24, 2018 by gcochran9

Let me tell you my favorite Kennedy assassination theory, which I developed up myself using my patented automatic conspiracy generator. In my scenario,. there’s a tough old West Texas rancher – ex-marine, WWII vet, very old school. Married to a very pretty, extremely wild, much younger wife. He finds out that JFK has been screwing that young wife of his, protests to no avail, and while doing business in Dallas takes the opportunity to pot the POTUS as a purely personal question of honor. His wife is impressed, and calms down for a year or two.

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Sounds good to me.

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Spent the holidays up in Chicago and drove up and back for this trip, leaving me with a lot of time in the car.

Found an app on my IPhone called Free Books/Free Audio Books and did some listening during the drive.
Audio Books that I made it partially and/or completely through include:
—-Star Trek/Lost Frontier (this is a fan fiction book)
—-The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
—-Several of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes storied
—-The Blue Cross by GK Chesterton
—-Personal Memoirs by US Grant
—-Anthem by Ayn Rand
—-Sailing Around the World by Captain Joshua Slocum

The best part is that these were all free, either in the public domain because they are old and the original copyright expired, or they were fan fiction uploaded for free distribution

Through this I also found out about a website called Librivox (at Librivox.org) which is all public domain (free) audiobooks. The books were all read and uploaded by volunteers.
They have over 12,000 titles, with over 1,600 of them in 36 different, non-English languages.

These are great for listening to on long drives or other sitatuations were holding a tablet or flipping pages in a book is not convenient.

Happy ear reading!

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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. The story of the Nantucket whaleship Essex. This based on fact story provided the basis for Herman Melville's Moby Dick. A great read as Philbrick is well known for his wonderful ability to tell the story while weaving in historical background...in this case the Nantucket whaling industry at its peak in the early 1800's. Once I started, could not put it down. I believe there was a movie released back in 2015, but have not seen it. I expect the book is better than the movie.

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