Category Archives: Authors

Farm Festivals, A Book by Will Carleton

Many of the earliest books for authors dating back before the 1900s are now becoming hard to find, but, fortunately a couple of years ago I found one with interesting illustrations dated 1882.


 Will Carleton (1845-1912) born in rural Lenawee County, Hudson, Michigan was an American Poet and probably best known for his poems about rural life. In 1869, he graduated from Hillsdale College and delivered on that occasion the poem, Rifts in the Cloud. His poem “Over the Hill to the Poor House” in 1872 was about developing the plight of the aged and those with indifferent families. This piece captured national attention and catapulted Carleton into literary prominence—a position he was to hold the rest of his life as he continued to write and to lecture from coast to coast.


The above illustration depicts the harvesting of peaches, but it reminds me of the apple orchard on a farm where I grew up.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, May 5, 2015


May 5, 2015 · 1:12 pm

Children’s Book: We Were Tired Of Living In A House

Today in my vast collection of  books I found an interesting 1969 edition by the Weekly Reader Children’s Book Club.


“We Were Tired Of Living In A House”  was written by Liesel Moak Skorpen, a German born author, and illustrated by Doris Burn who always wanted to live on an island.  I think the illustrations made by Doris Burn are great.  Even though I never created a home in a tree or lived in a cave when I was a child, I did spend many hours outdoors creating a magical childhood filled with play and imagination. And, afterwards I always returned to the best place to live and that was “in a house”.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, April 7, 2015


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Books, The Raven & Other Poems and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven & Other Poems and Tales bookThe poem “The Raven” published by Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 is one of my favorites. The author orphaned at the age of two in Boston lived a short life dying at the age of forty in 1849. Even though his poetry and short stories never received the popularity they did until after he was gone, I believe have now found their place in literature.

I have a hardback book that was published in 2001 by Bullfinch Press/Little, Brown and Company with  full version of “The Raven” along with many other stories written by Poe, i.e. “The Black Cat” – “The Pit and the Pendulum” – “Annabel Lee” and “The Fall of the House of Ushe” compiled inside. All the illustrations are by Daniel Alan Green.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe: “ Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…

You did know “Tis the wind and nothing more”  – didn’t you?


 Written by Mary Gilmartin, June 9, 2014


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Books, The Root Cellar

Root Cellar by Janet Lunn Front Cover1

While sorting through some of my paperback books trying to decide what to keep and what to discard I came across one of my daughter’s favorite books to read when she was 12-years old.  In fact, it also became of my favorite books for that age group.

This book, The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn, will definitely go back on my shelf to keep.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, February 28, 2014


February 28, 2014 · 10:31 am

Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s possible that one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most popular books was the one that published in 1883, called “Treasure Island” because it captivates the imagination of the reader.

And, what better cover for a book could you find than the one I found below illustrated by Frances Brundage?

001 Treasure Island book

Another Robert Louis Stevenson book that I have always liked is the following; perhaps, simply because I like the first lines to Chapter 1:


I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early

in  the month of June, the year of grace 1751,

when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house.

This historical fiction adventure novel by the Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson written as a boys’ novel and first published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886. A sequel, Catriona, published in 1893 is also an adventure story about David Balour, an orphan, who is cheated out of his inheritance by his uncle and schemes to have him kidnapped and sold into slavery. The story is full of adventure with a shipwreck and a dangerous journey across Scotland with justice finally being achieved.

Kidnapped by RLS 001 copy

My copy of this book comes from a publisher series from The Home Library that is not dated. And, according to some information I found, it seems my book is probably from 1898, since most volumes are not dated.” (In 1890 a traveling salesman started the publishing series of ‘the world’s best books’ which became known as A.L. Burt Company, Inc. 1902-1937.)

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 20, 2013


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