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KENTUCKIANS (SIGNED BY AUTHOR)

Giles, Janice Holt

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ISBN 10: 0395077370 / ISBN 13: 9780395077375
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1953
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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272 pp; Signed by author on half-title page. DJ is scuffed and edge worn, small chip missing from lower rear panel, near the spine. Lower edge of front board has a small worn spot, binding is slightly cocked but tight. An attractive book. Dust jacket protected in clear Brodart cover.; Always Delivery Confirmation. 35 Years Fast Excellent Service. We Know How To Pack Books. Bookseller Inventory # 76180

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Title: KENTUCKIANS (SIGNED BY AUTHOR)

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1953

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition; 8th Printing.

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The Kentuckians of Janice Holt Giles's title were that hardy band of angels who straggled through Cumberland Gap in the 1770s and carved their farms from the wilderness of Virginia's westernmost country. In her historical novel, first published in 1953, Giles invited the reader to experience the danger and beauty of life on the American frontier.

Many of the frontiersmen were hunters in search of escape from an ever-advancing civilization, seeking freedom and space. Such a man was David Cooper, who had hunted the Kentucky wilderness with Daniel Boone before the first settlers crossed the Appalachians. No love of land or home or woman had been strong enough to hold David―until he met Bethia. It was for her that he cleared his patch of forest, planted crops, and built a cabin. Too late, he learned that the girl he had dreamed of marrying was the wife of his enemy.

David and Bethia belonged to a generation that never knew or expected security, and the background of their story is one of turmoil: Outnumbered and ill-equipped, early settlers were hard put to defend their forts; and, although united in war against the British and their Indian allies, they were often at odds among themselves. Many, including Boone, held land grants from Judge Henderson's Transylvania Company. Others, like David, based their claims on the authority of Virginia. Few today realize how close the British came to winning out.

In her research, Giles studied the journals of the early Kentuckians and has retold their story in their own easy-flowing, cadenced prose. Only the three central characters are fictional. All subsidiary characters and historical events are authentic, set against the background of a country the author knows and loves.

Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979), author of nineteen books, lived and wrote near Knifley, Kentucky, for thirty-four years. Her biography is told in Janice Holt Giles: A Writer's Life.

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The Kentuckians of Janice Holt Giles's title were that hardy band of frontiersmen who straggled through Cumberland Gap in the 1770s and carved their farms from the wilderness of Virginia's westernmost county. In her historical novel, first published in 1953, Giles invites the reader to experience the danger and beauty of life on the American frontier.

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