Imatge de l'autor

Walter D. Edmonds (1903–1998)

Autor/a de The Matchlock Gun

42+ obres 3,485 Membres 45 Ressenyes

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Crèdit de la imatge: Photo courtesy of the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library

Obres de Walter D. Edmonds

The Matchlock Gun (1941) 2,415 exemplars
Drums Along the Mohawk (1936) 468 exemplars
In The Hands Of The Senecas (1947) 64 exemplars
The Boyds of Black River (1953) 52 exemplars
Bert Breen's Barn (1975) 52 exemplars
Rome Haul (1929) 40 exemplars
Two Logs Crossing (1943) 29 exemplars
Chad Hanna (1940) 27 exemplars
They Fought With What They Had (1951) 25 exemplars
Cadmus Henry (1949) 20 exemplars
Time to Go House (1969) 18 exemplars
Young Ames (1942) 17 exemplars
Wilderness Clearing (1944) 15 exemplars
The South African Quirt (1985) 14 exemplars
Beaver valley (1971) 13 exemplars
Wolf hunt (1970) 13 exemplars
Tom Whipple (1942) 11 exemplars
Tales My Father Never Told (1995) 10 exemplars
Seven American Stories (1969) 10 exemplars
Erie Water (1933) 9 exemplars
The Wedding Journey (1939) 8 exemplars
They had a horse (1962) 8 exemplars
The story of Richard Storm (1974) 7 exemplars
The Big Barn (1930) 4 exemplars
Uncle Ben's whale (2015) 3 exemplars
Cadmus Henry 1 exemplars
Dygartsbush 1 exemplars
The Erie Canal 1 exemplars
The Matchlock Gun 1 exemplars

Obres associades

A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Col·laborador — 287 exemplars
Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time (1942) — Col·laborador — 283 exemplars
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Col·laborador — 134 exemplars
The Best American Humorous Short Stories (1945) — Col·laborador — 82 exemplars
The Pioneers: Novels of the American Frontier (1988) — Autor — 29 exemplars
50 Best American Short Stories 1915-1939 (1939) — Col·laborador — 28 exemplars
Designs in Fiction (1968) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Currents in Fiction (1974) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Short Stories II (1961) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
To Break the Silence (1986) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
The Story Survey (1953) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2, October 1977 (1977) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Americans All: Stories of American Life To-Day (1971) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1934 (1934) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
The Undying Past — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Edmonds, Walter D.
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Boonville, New York, USA
Lloc de defunció
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Harvard University
Biografia breu
Walter "Walt" Dumaux Edmonds (July 15, 1903 – January 24, 1998) was an American writer best known for historical novels. One of them, Drums Along the Mohawk (1936), was adapted as a Technicolor feature film in 1939, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert.

Edmonds was born in Boonville, New York. In 1919 he entered The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut. Originally intending to study chemical engineering, he became more interested in writing and worked as managing editor of the Choate Literary Magazine. He graduated in 1926 from Harvard, where he edited The Harvard Advocate, and where he studied with Charles Townsend Copeland.

In 1929, he published his first novel, Rome Haul, a work about the Erie Canal. The novel was adapted for the 1934 play The Farmer Takes a Wife and the 1935 film of the same name. He married Eleanor Stetson in 1930.

Drums Along the Mohawk was on the bestseller list for two years, second only to Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel Gone with the Wind for part of that time. Bert Breen's Barn was a winner of the 1976 National Book Award in category Children's Books.

Edmonds eventually published 34 books, many for children, as well as a number of magazine stories. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1960 and the Newbery Medal in 1942, for The Matchlock Gun, and the National Book Award for Children's Literature in 1976, for Bert Breen's Barn.

When Eleanor died in 1956, Walter married Katherine Howe Baker Carr, who died in 1989. Walter Edmonds died in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1998.



In 1756, New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians were constant threats to Edward and his family. When his father was called away to watch for a raid from the north, only Edward was left to protect Mama and little Trudy. His father had shown him how to use the huge matchlock gun, an old Spanish gun that was twice as long as he was, but would Edward be able to handle it if trouble actually came?
PlumfieldCH | Hi ha 31 ressenyes més | Sep 22, 2023 |
review from my 13 year old
“It tells the story of Edward and his grandparents who came to the U.S. during the time period of the French-Indian War. His father is in the militia. Everyone else is left alone (children and mother) and a raid came near them. Instead of choosing to go to Grandma’s, they stayed. They had their large gun brought from Holland which the Mother says not to fire til she says so. The raiding party comes to the house and the gun is fired. There is a fire. Then the father comes home.”

*YMMV, obviously guns, shooting.

Also a true story.

Here is one perspective

Here is a quote from Wikipedia “ The book has been accused of depicting Native Americans as "horror, the ultimate nightmare [...which] may very well be one of the worst descriptions of Native people in children’s literature, certainly in the 20th century", and "eulogiz[ing] an American past in which the indigenous populations were regarded as sub-human, and every effort made to exterminate them."[1]”

Clearly a book that can have strong feelings raised. I encourage you to read this book for yourself and some of the other Library Thing reviews.
… (més)
FamiliesUnitedLL | Hi ha 31 ressenyes més | Jul 21, 2023 |
A pair of newlyweds head out to the New York wilderness to start a new life together, but with the Revolutionary War comes trouble and hardship. Plus, Indians.

Yeah, not my cuppa, I suppose. Just not...interesting enough? Which is too bad because it really could have been.
electrascaife | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Feb 13, 2023 |
Walter D. Edmonds wrote a number of novels set in and around New York along the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River. Drums Along the Mohawk and Chad Hannah were among his other books. Erie Water tells about the building of the Erie Canal through the experience of a young man who worked on the canal building the locks. The copy I read was a 1964 paperback printing, the book was first published in 1933.

Erie Water is not Edmonds' best work. I thought Drums Along the Mohawk was much better. It dragged in places and seemed too long. However it did capture the feel of the canal and showed how it was made. The place names were all real places and since I now live near the Erie Canal I did enjoy that part of the book.… (més)
MMc009 | Jan 30, 2022 |



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