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The Chain (Jericho #3)

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Title:The Chain (Jericho #3)
Wellman, Paul Iselin   
(4 of 14 for author by title)
The Comancheros
The Buckstones
Published:   1949
Publisher:Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Tags:fiction, Kansas, romance, western

The story is set in the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas. Mr. Wellman’s gaudy tale is apparently meant to demonstrate the power of faith. Through his rescue work during a tornado, Father Carlisle wins many friends among the foreign-born workers of the Jugtown slums. But troubles begin for him when, as new rector of St. Alban’s, he opposes a plan to keep the congregation exclusive and build a new church on snobbish Tower Hill. Scandal leads to violence, and an angry mob takes justice into its own hands. Yet before the priest’s martyrdom is achieved, he has reformed some very bad characters and appealed to the finer instincts of the fashionable doctor. The chain is revealed to be a key symbol to both Father Carlisle and Gilda Holme. The author omits none of the ingredients of popular fiction and some might say he has added some mechanical, lurid touches of his own.—The New York Times, March 20, 1949. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:371 Info

Author Bio for Wellman, Paul Iselin

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Paul Iselin Wellman (October 15, 1895—September 17, 1966) newspaperman, writer of popular history, novelist and screenwriter, is best known for his books set in the Great Plains and Kansas. His two best-selling novels, The Walls of Jericho (1947) and The Chain (1949), both Literary Guild selections, are set in Kansas towns which closely resemble Dodge City and Wichita, respectively. Both novels received mixed reviews from the critics. But on one thing, all who wrote about Wellman’s books agreed: the Kansas setting is a totally authentic ingredient.

Paul Wellman came to Kansas via Oklahoma and Africa. He was born in Enid, Oklahoma on October 15, 1895. At six months, his parents went to Angola to become medical missionaries. Paul mastered the language of the Bantu of the Umbundu tribe, helping his father translate songs and sermons. He returned to Kansas and finished school. After the war, Wellman returned to Wichita and took a job as a reporter for the Beacon. He moved over to the Wichita Eagle and began writing accounts of the Great Plains Indian wars. Wellman was then hired by the Kansas City Star, where he worked on the telegraph desk and wrote editorials and headlines. In the meantime, he kept at his writing which resulted in an output of 31 books in the period 1934-1966—almost one published book per year. Wellman died in 1966 of stomach cancer, three weeks after receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Paul Wellman is remembered as a man of the Great Plains who made a sincere attempt to portray Kansas and the people of Kansas.

Source: washburn.edu/reference/cks/mapping/wellman

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