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Bromfield, Louis   
(14 of 29 for author by title)
The Man Who Had Everything
Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
Published:   1944
Publisher:Harper & Brothers
Tags:fiction, short stories

Three long short stories: Kenny, a charming and rather eerie tale of a fawn-like boy who wins a place for himself on an Ohio farm, grows up there, and when the war brings an end to his life, finds a way to return through his friend and a stray dog and a baby; Retread, story of a man who feels impelled to get combat duty in World War II, tries to vie with the son he adores in the Pacific, and his return to the town where he had been billeted in 1918 where he finds that he has another son, and that he can do nothing about it. The third story, The End of the Road, is scarcely more than a bit of reminiscence—final chapter in a personality profile of an American fast-stepper on the make... Three stories, good enough, but not important either as top drawer short stories- or as adding to Bromfield's reputation.

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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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