All About Richland, History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield: Mansfield’s Other Pulitzer Prize Winner

6 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Publisher’s Note: This is a post from our “Literary Mansfield” series, the very first series we did here at 1812Blockhouse. This initial post was made back in 2016. Through this series, 1812Blockhouse looks at Mansfielders, past and present, who have contributed to the world of writing in all of its forms. This post, about James Lapine, has been recently updated (see below).

Many Mansfielders know the story of Louis Bromfield, the creator of Malabar Farm who combined a storied career in writing with a foray into the world of sustainable agriculture. Bromfield, a Mansfield native, was the winner of the 1927 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his book, Early Autumn. We will have occasion to share some stories about him later in this series.

Fewer might know, however, that a second native son also won a coveted Pulitzer. More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield: The Poetry of Salathiel Coffinberry

22 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In our “Literary Mansfield” series, we look at the lives and works of Mansfielders who have contributed to the world of words. Authors, poets, playwrights, lyricists, and other wordsmiths are featured.

Today’s subject was a resident of Mansfield for some, but not all, of his long life.

The saga of Salathiel Coffinberry began in Lancaster, Ohio in 1809; he was the son of that city’s first newspaper editor. After a stint in Chilicothe, the family moved to Mansfield, where Salathiel began the practice of law and married for a second time to the equally wonderfully-named Artemisia Cook. He left Mansfield in 1843, and spent the rest of his life in Michigan. Salathiel and Artemisia had six children with names such as Hermia Salathiella, Herman Napoleon, and Estophanta. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays, Literary Mansfield

Louis Bromfield And Christmas

24 Dec , 2021  

NOTE: First published  during our first Christmas in 2016, this look at Louis  Bromfield and Christmas has become an annual tradition.  We’ll be running this story through Christmas Day.  A very Merry Christmas to you from 1812Blockhouse!

There is no question that Pulitzer Prize-winner and Mansfielder Louis Bromfield was a fan of the holidays.

During the period of time that Bromfield lived there, Malabar Farm was an active place during the Christmas season. More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield: The Statesman

16 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Today we look at a work of non-fiction by a leading political figure of the 19th century.

Mansfield has been able to boast of several statesmen and stateswomen in its history, two of which rose to the level of United States Senator from Ohio. One of the two holders of that title, Sherrod Brown, is a graduate of Mansfield Senior; 150 years ago, another Mansfielder had that distinction.

Much has been written of John Sherman’s career, though no thorough biography of the man has been written to date. That is unfortunate, as Sherman had a unique career in public service that took place over extraordinary years in American history. He also was an integral part of the civic and cultural life of Mansfield from its days as a quiet county seat town to the booming industrial center of the late 19th century. More…

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Literary Mansfield

Author Interviewed About Bromfield Bio

3 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York is a meeting place for biographers to discuss the traditional and current theories in that form. The Center conducts a number of annual events to accomplish that goal, among which are lectures and conversations from and with authors of recent published biographies.

This August, that included author Stephen Heyman, whose biography “Louis Bromfield, The Planter of Modern Life,” was discussed by 1812Blockhouse several weeks ago. More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Five: The Political Debunker

19 Nov , 2018  

Posted during the early days of 1812Blockhouse, we are updating and re-sharing our “Literary Mansfield” series to our expanded readership.

1812Blockhouse continues our series about individuals with Mansfield connections who participated in the literary world. To date, we have looked at the 19th century poet Salathiel Coffinberry, the Putlizer Prize winning James Lapine, current novelist Christopher Moore, and statesman John Sherman and his autobiography. More…

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All About Richland, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Three: Christopher Moore – Updated

29 Oct , 2018  

Posted during the early days of 1812Blockhouse, we are updating and re-sharing our “Literary Mansfield” series to our expanded readership.

1812Blockhouse continues its series of glimpses into the lives and work of authors, poets, and playwrights who once made their home in Richland County. More…

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All About Richland, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield: The Sociologist

9 Aug , 2017  

1812Blockhouse continues our look at authors, poets, and other literary figures with a north central Ohio connection through birth and/or residence.

From 2005 to 2009, Mansfield had a part-time resident with a keen eye focused on its demographics and people. The primary goal for Alison Goebel was to conduct research on small city race and class relations from the perspective of a small Ohio city. Beginning with publications in scholarly journals, and soon to be incorporated into a book, she has made that research available. More…

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Downtown, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Special Edition: Nuts, True Crime, And Cosmic Eggs

3 Nov , 2016  

UPDATED — Thursday at 10:00 p.m. See below.

For the keen observer, this is the seventh installment in our series “Literary Mansfield,” in which 1812Blockhouse looks at authors, poets, and other literary figures with a north central Ohio connection through birth and/or residence.

In this special edition, we are looking at another way in which certain authors manifest a Mansfield connection – in this case, by coming to town and participating in events at our independent bookstore, Main Street Books. More…

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