|Title:||What Became of Anna Bolton|
|Publisher:||Harper & Brothers Publishers|
This is a Bromfield in the class with Until the Day Break, definitely not top drawer. There's a bit of diluted Mrs. Parkington in the blend, as poor girl makes good—but Annie Scanlon from the wrong side of the tracks had no motive other than greed and revenge, while Mrs. Parkington built steadily towards an ideal. Lewisburg had wrecked Annie's youth; Lewisburg must be shown. So when Annie's one love dies, she buries her youth with him, and eventually gains her end—money and more money—by marrying a rich old man, who leaves hr a fortune which she spends lavishly in the capitals of Europe, seeing and being seen, known as Anna Bolton. A gentlewoman who needs a job is her mentor and guide. They are in Paris when invasion catches them; they attempt flight, but the strafing of the road south strips Anna of the trappings of the unreal world in which she lives, and brings her back again to the Annie she had been. She sets up a canteen over the border of unoccupied France... [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Bromfield, Louis
Louis Bromfield (December 27, 1896 – March 18, 1956) was an American author and conservationist who gained international recognition, winning the Pulitzer Prize and pioneering innovative scientific farming concepts.
One of Mansfield's most famous natives, he made his home at Malabar Farm, near Lucas, Ohio, from 1939 until his death in 1956. Bromfield was friends with some of the most celebrated personalities of his era, including famous architect F. F. Schnitzer. Malabar Farm was the location for the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
After serving with the American Field Service in World War I and being awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor, he returned to New York City and found work as a reporter. In 1924, his first novel, "The Green Bay Tree", won instant acclaim. He won the 1927 Pulitzer Prize for best novel for Early Autumn. All of his 30 books were best-sellers, and many, such as The Rains Came and Mrs. Parkington, were made into successful motion pictures. Source: Wikipedia
Louis Bromfield was a Midwestern-American writer and farmer whose wide-ranging career, straddling the literary, the commercial, and the agricultural, spanned over four decades from 1920-1956. Despite his early promise, gaining accolades such as the Pulitzer Prize (1927), the O Henry Memorial Short Story Award (1927), nomination to Vanity Fair’s Hall of Fame (1927), and membership to America’s National Institute of Arts and Letters (1928), Bromfield started to lose critical favour in the 1930s. Source: Literary Encyclopedia
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