Synopses & Reviews
Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1951
The Awakening Land trilogy traces the transformation of Ohio from wilderness to farmland to the site of modern industrial civilization, all in the lifetime of one character. The trilogy earned Richter immediate acclaim as a historical novelist. It includes The Trees (1940), The Fields (1946), and The Town (1950) and follows the Luckett family's migration from Pennsylvania to Southeastern Ohio. It starts when settler Sayward Luckett Wheeler becomes mother to her orphaned siblings on the frontier, and ends with the story of her youngest son Chancey, a journalist in the years before the Civil War. The Town won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize and received excellent reviews across the country.
Simple, unadorned, the prose flows fluidly and rhythmically, power emerging from its simplicity, striking you with the impact of a bullet
I have to put in a plea to everyone not to consign Conrad Richter's books to the dustbin of history. His trilogy, the Awakening Land, which concludes with The Town (the 1951 Pulitzer winner), is a wonderful combination of history and folklore. The books tell the story of the Ohio frontier, a story I rather doubt most high school students now know, given that--to them--"the frontier" is the Wild West of the movies. When you read these dark and atmospheric novels about one woman's family (also the story of one place's history), you absorb the feeling of that early frontier life. I credit these novels with sparking a life-long interest in the Ohio frontier and the early Westward movement. They should live! (Thanks to Ohio University Press for keeping them in print.) ”
Jean Ross, Potomac Community Library, Virginia, Shelf Awareness
The Town was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1951.
The Town is part of the The Awakening Land trilogy, which traces the transformation of Ohio from wilderness to farmland to the site of modern industrial civilization, all in the lifetime of one character.
About the Author
Conrad Richter was born in Pennsylvania. His family on his mothers side was identified with the early American scene, and from boyhood on he was saturated with tales and the color of Eastern pioneer days. In 1928 he and his family moved to New Mexico, where his heart and mind were soon captured by the Southwest.