Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red: Hough, Clara Sharpe Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red: Hough, Clara Sharpe Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red: Hough, Clara Sharpe Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red: Hough, Clara Sharpe

Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red

Hough, Clara Sharpe

Published by Century Co., 1926
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Green cloth with gold spine titling and illustration, and Viking ship illustration blind-impressed on front cover. Blue illustrated endpapers. 346 pages. Book is in very good condition; binding secure and straight, gold titling unfaded, bottom corners and base of spine rubbed with one small closed 1/4" tear at spine base. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Signed by the author on the title page. Dust jacket is price-clipped; has several edge chips, mostly at head/heel of spine and flap folds; some age soiling on the white back panel.~~ Clara Sharpe Hough (1893 - ?) was a newspaperwoman who, with her husband Charles Hough, owned the Falmouth Enterprise (MA) newspaper for many years. She was also an author of fiction books. In this work of historical fiction she draws from the adventure and romance of the Old Norse Sagas, specifically the Saga of Erik the Red and the Greenlander Saga. It tells the story of Leif, Erik's son, who embarks with his brother Thorwald on their seafaring adventures between Norway, Greenland and America in the year 1000. Rather than focusing on the eventual discovery of Vinland, as related in the sagas, this story embellishes Leif's romantic entanglements: his passion for Gudrid, but also his love affair with Brenda (Thorgunna in the saga), and the child borne out the affair. Though he leaves Brenda, she eventually sends the child to Greenland to be with Leif. He is then rejected by Gudrid and further complications arise involving his brother Thorwald and his friend Karlsefni. Amidst this drama, Christianity is also being introduced to the Greenland settlers. Hough weaves a spellbinding tale of love, pride, courage, and cruelty, but was criticized by one reviewer of the time, William Hovgaard, himself a published saga scholar, for representing Leif as much less honorable and heroic than in the sagas. Such is historical fiction, and a good yarn. A hard-to-find book: WorldCat shows 24 copies held by institutions worldwide. ~ This copy is distinguished by the author's full signature on the title page, making this a rare signed and jacketed copy of an already scarce title. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons ...
Publisher: Century Co.
Publication Date: 1926
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Edition: First Edition

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Hough, Clara Sharpe
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Book Description Century Co., New York, 1926. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. First Edition. Green cloth with gilt spine titling and illustration, and illustration of a Viking ship blind-impressed on front cover. Blue illustrated endpapers. 346 pages. Book is in very nice condition; clean, binding tight and square, gilt titling unfaded. There is a small stamp on the front pastedown-"The City News, Akron , Ohio". A story description cut out from the jacket flap is pasted onto the front free endpaper. ~~ Clara Sharpe Hough (1893 - ?) was a newspaperwoman who, with her husband Charles Hough, owned the Falmouth Enterprise (MA) newspaper for many years. She was also an author of fiction books. In this work of historical fiction she draws from the adventure and romance of the Old Norse Sagas, specifically the Saga of Eirik the Red and the Greenlander Saga. It tells the story of Leif, Erik's son, who with his brother Thorwald, embark on their seafaring adventures between Norway, Greenland and America in the year 1000. Rather than focusing on the eventual discovery of Vinland, as related in the sagas, this story embellishes Leif's romantic entanglements: his passion for Gudrid, but also his love affair with Brenda (Thorgunna in the saga), and the child borne out the affair. Though he leaves Brenda, she eventually sends the child to Greenland to be with Leif. He is then rejected by Gudrid and further complications arise involving his brother Thorwald and his friend Karlsefni. Amidst this drama, Christianity is also being introduced to the Greenland settlers. Hough weaves a spellbinding tale of love, pride, courage, and cruelty, but was criticized by one reviewer of the time, William Hovgaard, himself a published saga scholar, for representing Leif as much less honorable and heroic than in the sagas. Such is historical fiction, and a good yarn. Copies of this novel are quite scarce. WorldCat shows 24 copies held by institutions worldwide. Seller Inventory # 002179

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