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The Winning of Barbara Worth
The Winning of Barbara Worth

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Manufacturer: Quellen Co
Publisher: Quellen Co
Author(s): Harold Bell Wright

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Product Description:
Binding: Hardcover
EAN: 9780961847364
Edition: Annotated
ISBN: 0961847360
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Quellen Co
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Quellen Co
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 391
Publication Date: 1998-12
Publisher: Quellen Co
Studio: Quellen Co
Editorial Review:
The epic novel of the conversion of Western desert into farmland, The Winning of Barbara Worth is now available in an enlarged and annotated edition. The new, hard-cover edition has a four-color dustjacket and contain the entire, unabridged text of the author's original 1911 novel, plus an introduction by Harold Bell Wright biographer, Lawrence Tagg, author of Storyteller to America, and a preface by Norman Wright, son of the author. While it is a novel, it has a firm historical background, accurately describing the early days of the reclamation of the Imperail Valley of California from desert. Early in the century, Harold Bell Wright was one of the nation's most popular authors. He wrote about the Ozarks before coming West to California for health reasons, briefly making his home at Tecolote Rancho, at Meloland. This ranch, where he raised horses and did general farming, was located in Imperial County, not far from the Mexican border. Barbara is likely the highest-selling book HBW ever wrote, according to Luther Mott, in his Golden Multitudes (Macmillan, 1947), where he quotes an estimated 1.6 million hardcover sales to that date. In The Winning of Barbara Worth, he tells a story of love, rivalries, greed and noble ideals. The setting is the Imperial Valley, where he lived for seven years. The novel is set in the days when the area was being reclaimed from desert by diversion of water from the Colorado River. It has the distinction of placing twice on the country's top ten best-seller list. The special commemorative edition of The Winning of Barbara Worth was commissioned by the Imperial County Historical Society and is limited to 250 numbered copies. Each was to be signed by Norman Wright, son of the author. However, failing eyesight have precluded him signing more than the first 45 of the books. These included all pre-publication sales. His sons signed the remainder. The book contains the entire, unabridged text of the author's novel, plus an introduction by Harold Bell Wright biographer, Lawrence Tagg, author of Storyteller to America, and a preface by Norman Wright. It has all the illustrations and the map from the original Book Supply Company edition. Plus one picture the original did not have: a full-color frontispiece illustration of Barbara. Also, there are informative articles in the six appendices at the end of the book. These special articles describe how the book was written, printed and promoted; the two plays adapted from the book which toured the country; the movie starring Gary Cooper, Vilma Banky and Ronald Colman which was made from the book; Barbara Worth collectibles; and resources where those interested can pursue their interest in the author and his works. Even HBW Internet websites referencing HBW are listed! Each of the appendices is illustrated. Included are stills from the movie, advertisements and reviews from the play, newspaper clippings and a page from an old book catalog.
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