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Castle in the Swamp, A Tale of Old Carolina

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Title:Castle in the Swamp, A Tale of Old Carolina
Marshall, Edison   
(3 of 21 for author by title)
Child of the Wild, A Story of Alaska
Caravan to Xanadu, A Novel of Marco Polo
Published:   1948
Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Company
Tags:adventure, crime, fiction, horror, murder, romance

“...this is an adventure tale that will keep most readers interested, particularly the ladies. It has about everything: fratricide, foster sons, slaves, nobility, brutality, perversion, hatred, love, lust, sadism, horror. One might even identify a bit of Hamlet, Cleopatra, Orestes and Charles Dickens, if one looked hard enough. And all this against a setting of deep South swampland... Dan, an orphan, is adopted by Professor Reed, a lame musician, when he is eight, and the two engage in a strange pact, which binds Dan to avenge the death of one of the Professor’s brothers. It is assumed that his death was caused by Ralph, the professor’s other brother and landowner of Wood Ibis, a Southern Plantation. When he is of age, Dan comes to Wood Ibis to investigate causes, to probe into past histories, and to convict the murderer... Heinous crimes and the motivations behind them worked out in skillful jigsaw puzzle fashion, make this a swift and often fascinating horror tale.”—Kirkus Reviews. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:348 Info

Author Bio for Marshall, Edison

The interestingly named Edison Tesla Marshall was born on August 28, 1894 in Rensselaer, Indiana and died on October 29, 1967 in Augusta, Georgia. He grew up in Medford, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon from 1913 to 1916. He was a novelist and short story writer, mainly of historical fiction and science fiction, and a big game hunter. His popular adventure stories appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest. He won the O. Henry Award in 1921. His novel The Isle of Retribution was made into a silent film of the same name in 1926. Other of his novels became the 1942 film, Son of Fury, with Tyrone Power, the 1954 Yankee Pasha, starring Mamie Van Doren, and in 1958, The Vikings with Kirk Douglas.

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