History & Tourism

Bromfield And India: Early Newspaper Post Suggests A Possible Lifelong Interest

20 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This week we have joined The Ohio State University at Mansfield in celebrating Bromfield Anniversary Week by reposting previous 1812Blockhouse stories about the author.

Today, we close the week in a different fashion. As the week progressed, we discovered a coincidence about Bromfield’s life which connects his early years in Mansfield with his later success as an author. We are not aware that this story has been shared before this post.

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Free Bromfield Coming Soon To An E-Reader Near You

18 Nov , 2021  

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 in January 2020.

Sometimes, if you wait long enough, some of the best things in life can be yours at no cost.

With the coming of the new year, that includes a treasure trove of American literature, films, and other items that have now had their copyrights lapse due to inaction by the US Congress, and have now entered the public domain. This year, that means works produced in the year 1924.

The same year, mind you, that Mansfielder Louis Bromfield’s first book was published. More…

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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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Bromfield In Paris

16 Nov , 2021  

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 on July 14, 2018.

Today marks Bastille Day in France, commemorating the 229th anniversary of the storming of the famous prison in Paris. In honor of that event, and of France’s upcoming World Cup soccer final match on Sunday, we thought we would join north central Ohio and north central France for a special story today.

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OSU Mansfield Presents Bromfield Anniversary Week

10 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Malabar Farm Foundation, WOSU, and Mansfield/Richland County Public Library are joining The Ohio State University at Mansfield in hosting “Bromfield Anniversary Week,” a commemoration of what would have been the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s 125 birthday.

Events are taking place at Malabar Farm and at other Bromfield-related location. The general list of events is as follows:

Saturday November 13 & Sunday November 14 at 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas – At 11 AM and 2 PM – Big House Tours at Malabar Farm State Park (Small charge for tour) Visit the place that inspired Bromfield’s dream of sustainable agriculture.

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Historic Bromfield Landmark Suddenly Demolished By ODNR

18 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

An age-old question asks whether or not a tree falling in the woods makes noise if no one is around to hear it.

The same sort of thing might be asked about a historic landmark in southern Richland County, which was quickly and unceremoniously felled this past week without notice to the wider community.

The circa 1832 farmhouse is one uniquely tied to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, in that this farmhouse was the oldest of those on farms Bromfield purchased to create his Malabar Farm. The structure was referenced in his book Pleasant Valley.

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About and Literary Mansfield: The Green Bay Tree

23 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a double post today in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” and “Literary Mansfield” series — today looking at a work of fiction authored by a well-known Richland Countian.

What it was: The Green Bay Tree is the first novel written and published by author Louis Bromfield

When published: 1924

Age of Bromfield on publication: 28

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The New Ohio Literary Trail Has Local Stops

21 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohioana Library Association

Several Ohio counties have stops along the new Ohio Literary Trail.

Only a handful have more than one, Richland County among them.

The Ohioana Library Association has announced this new program that will connect readers and Ohio writers and shine the spotlight on Ohio’s unique role in shaping culture and literature worldwide.

Ohioana compiled the trail map with more than 70 sites across the Buckeye state, paying tribute to the authors, poets, illustrators, libraries, and creative influencers of the written word who have called Ohio home. Tourists planning a literary-themed outing, as well as Ohioans who want to discover literary treasures they never knew existed in their own backyard, will find it here. More…

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Bromfield Biography Longlisted For Major Award

30 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Last April, we shared a post discussing the publication of the newest biography of renowned Richland Countian Louis Bromfield.

That post included excerpts from 1812Blockhouse’s conversation with the author, Stephen Heyman. It can be accessed here:

Bromfield Takes Center Stage In New Biography

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 […]

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Bromfield On Tap Thursday Evening

15 Oct , 2020  

It’s not every day you can watch Louis Bromfield works being performed here in Manfsield.

The Ohio State University at Mansfield welcomes audiences to join its virtual theatre performance Separate Together on Thursday, October 15. This compilation of three short, timeless pieces will kick off with a scene from an exciting, rare, and not in circulation play by local Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter and playwright Louis Bromfield.

It is fitting for the Ohio State Mansfield Theatre Program to perform a Bromfield piece with him being a local legend as a novelist and conservationist, and the campus Bromfield Library being his namesake. Bromfield’s play De Luxe, co-written by John Gearon and originally preformed on Broadway in 1935, portrays Paris in the 1930s among a group of frustrated but quick-witted socialites. 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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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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Bromfield Book Club Announces Summer Reading List

28 May , 2019  

Malabar Farm State Park and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have announced the list of books to be read this summer at the Bromfield Book Club.

Taking place at 6 PM on the first Monday of each month at Malabar Farm, each month the Club reads one of Bromfield’s novels or books about the author. Each session includes discussions of that month’s book, guest speakers, and tours of the estate and park grounds (including snacks and light refreshments). More…

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Literary Mansfield: A Bromfield Renaissance?

21 May , 2018  

Is appreciation for author Louis Bromfield set for a renaissance?

That was a question posed this past week by Kevin Kelley, a columnist for the Gallipolis Daily Tribune. As Kelley shared in his column, “All but forgotten since his death in 1956, Bromfield’s works may not speak to succeeding generations, but as a century nears since his first novels were published, a rediscovery of his literary skills is not entirely out of order.” More…

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