Barbara Newhall Follett: A Life in Letters

Barbara Newhall Follett A Life in Letters By the age of fourteen Barbara Newhall Follett had published two books with Alfred A Knopf s enchanting The House Without Windows and Eepersip s Life There and s The Voyage of the Norman D

  • Title: Barbara Newhall Follett: A Life in Letters
  • Author: Barbara Newhall Follett Stefan Cooke
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • By the age of fourteen, Barbara Newhall Follett had published two books with Alfred A Knopf 1927 s enchanting The House Without Windows and Eepersip s Life There and 1928 s The Voyage of the Norman D the account of her journey from New Haven to Nova Scotia as cabin boy on a lumber schooner Both books received rave reviews But that same year Barbara s life turned upBy the age of fourteen, Barbara Newhall Follett had published two books with Alfred A Knopf 1927 s enchanting The House Without Windows and Eepersip s Life There and 1928 s The Voyage of the Norman D the account of her journey from New Haven to Nova Scotia as cabin boy on a lumber schooner Both books received rave reviews But that same year Barbara s life turned upside down when her father left his family for a younger woman With no income, Barbara and her mother went to sea with their typewriters, hoping to earn a living by writing about their adventures They spent several months in the West Indies, then sailed through the Panama Canal to the South Seas, where they spent several months before eventually returning to East Coast After living in New York City for two years, Barbara s wanderlust returned when she and her future husband embarked on a 600 mile walk in the mountains of New England along the nascent Appalachian Trail After spending another year exploring Spain and Germany, the couple married and settled in Boston But in 1939 the marriage soured, and on December 7th of that year, 25 year old Barbara walked out of the apartment, never to be seen or heard from again Happily, Barbara left behind a wealth of letters, poems, stories, essays, and her unpublished novel, Lost Island This book, compiled and edited by Barbara s half nephew, tells the story of Barbara s extraordinary life through her own words as well as those of her family and correspondents.

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    1. Publishers Weekly review (September 26, 2016):The writer Barbara Follett, as revealed in this compilation of letters, diary entries, and reviews edited by her half-nephew Cooke, lived a life that would be unbelievable if it were presented in a work of fiction. Born in 1914, Barbara began writing at age four and published her first novel, The House Without Windows, at 13. She was home-schooled and had little contact with other children; most of her early letters are to grown-up friends. She was e [...]

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