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Richland Roots: An American Girl – The Life Of Olive Anderson

23 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

Her name was Olive San Louie Anderson.

Not only was her name a bit unusual, her life was a pacesetting one in the area of higher education for women. Unfortunately, it was also one which ended in tragedy.

1812Blockhouse shares posts in our “Richland Roots” series to talk about the less-commonly known stories of people born here or who lived here and went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history. Other posts in the series are available here.

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Bromfield’s Four Volume Series Now Part Of Public Domain

3 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

Once again, when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, a great number of American books, musical compositions, and other pieces of creative output lost their copyrights and joined the public domain.

Last year, that included the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by local author Louis Bromfield. Early Autumn was published in 1926, and won the coveted Pulitzer the next year.

This year, new freely accessible works include The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the movie The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson, and Irving Berlin’s song “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”

1927 was a productive year for Bromfield. Importantly, it was the year when his work A Good Woman was published, the last in a four book series – which included The Green Bay Tree, Possession, and Early Autumn. A Good Woman was proclaimed as “…a novel of a woman who despite her courage in the face of abandonment, all she did came to a sterile nothingness because she lacked all understanding.”

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Bromfield’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Enters Public Domain

18 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

When the clock struck midnight ushering in 2022, thousands of works entered into the public domain, shorn of copyright.

This year, that included the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by local author Louis Bromfield. Early Autumn was published in 1926, and won the coveted Pulitzer the next year.

Bromfield was in good company in the 1920s in winning this prestigious award. The year before, the Pultizer for Best Novel went to Sinclair Lewis; the year following, Thornton Wilder won the award.

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: The Grande Dame Of Science Fiction

19 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through our “Literary Mansfield” series, we take occasional looks at the lives and careers of those who have called Mansfield home at some point in their lives, and who have become known locally, regionally, or even nationally as authorst, poets, lyricisits, playwrights, or in other literary fields. Other posts in the series can be found here.

Today, we deviate just a bit by looking at the life of someone who may have never lived in Mansfield, but lies buried in Mansfield Cemetery and has strong familial connections to the city.

Her birth name was Mary Alice Norton, but her legions of fans know her by her pseudonym, Andre Norton. Other pseudonyms used by Norton included Andrew North and Allen Weston. More…

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Richland Roots: An American Girl – The Life Of Olive Anderson

22 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Her name was Olive San Louie Anderson.

Not only was her name a bit unusual, her life was a pacesetting one in the area of higher education for women. Unfortunately, it was also one which ended in tragedy.

1812Blockhouse shares posts in our “Richland Roots” series to talk about the less-commonly known stories of people born here or who lived here and went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history. Other posts in the series are available here. More…

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History & Tourism

A Bromfield Thanksgiving Tale

17 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Publisher’s Note: We join The Ohio State University at Mansfield in celebrating Bromfield Anniversary Week by sharing stories from our archives centering on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Today’s story was posted last November.

For Thanksgiving 1943, Louis Bromfield wrote a drama that centered on a young couple, shaped by their American experience – and whose engagement is secretly influenced by deceased ancestors. (The story bears resemblance to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, with those no longer living taking part in the play).

“Feast From the Harvest” was performed on the radio show Cavalcade of America, which aired different stories each week, and Bromfield was on hand to narrate his tale. More…

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Travel The Buckeye State From Your Own Home

19 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

You can travel Ohio later this week without leaving your favorite chair.

The Ohioana Book Festival, which began with just ten authors in 2007, is taking place from Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25. For the second year, the entire event is virtual.

In 2021, some 140 authors and illustrators will be featured. Links will take Festival participants to places to watch panels, podcasts, blog posts, interviews, and more. More…

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OSUM Alum Named In “Who’s Who”

15 Sep , 2020  

Kim Opperman has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process

A dedicated community advocate, Ms. Opperman was a para-professional and a tutor for students with multiple disabilities, until she retired in 2018. Her original goal was to finish a teaching degree, but was given a higher calling to serve America in a greater way as CEO of her organization, Socks for Soldiers, Inc. More…

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Bromfield Takes Center Stage In New Biography

23 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

He is well-known locally, to be sure. Nationally, and internationally, however, he is less of a household name.

That may change somewhat in the coming months.

Mansfield and Pleasant Valley’s Louis Bromfield is rushing back into the spotlight with the April 14 publication of what has been called the first major biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist. The 325 page work entitled “The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution” is a true page turner, according to reviews shared by Publishers Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and on the website of its publisher, W.W. Norton & Company. More…

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1812Blockhouse Chats With Brutus Buckeye’s Mom, A Mansfield Native

26 Sep , 2019  

Brutus Buckeye was not born in Mansfield, but his “mother” was raised here.

Sally (Huber) Lanyon, who grew up on Arlington Avenue and went on to attend The Ohio State University, became one of the creators of Brutus Buckeye while she was still a student at OSU in Columbus. She is also the author, with her Brutus Buckeye co-creator Ray Bourhis, of “The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told To His Parents.”

Lanyon now lives in Arizona, but is traveling back to Ohio for a visit and will be at Main Street Books in Mansfield on October 3 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, for a book signing. All are welcome to attend. More…

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