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In this Hugh Walpole novel, the main character Hjalmar Johanson (Harmer John), is a Nordic body builder who has studied art in Italy. He comes to the town of Polchester, attracted by the town’s cathedral, and sets to transforming the town with his ideas on how to make the town more beautiful. He wants to tear down slums and rebuild. He sets up a gymnasium with the aim of making people healthier and happier and then uses that as a springboard into acceptance. However, he did not wait to be accepted before putting forward his ideas, and the townspeople rejected his beautification plans, mainly because he was a “foreigner”. Ultimately, his ideas were accepted, but it was too late for him. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Walpole, Hugh
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (March 13, 1884 - June 1, 1941) was a British Novelist during the first half of the Twentieth Century. He was one of the most popular authors of his times, until his literary reputation was destroyed by Somerset Maugham.
His most famous novel is perhaps Rogue Herries, the first of four books in his Herries Chronicles series. He wrote thirty-six novels, and five volumes of short stories.
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