By 1812Blockhouse; Ohioana Library Association
Several Ohio counties have stops along the Ohio Literary Trail.
Only a handful have more than one, Richland County among them.
Sponsored by the Ohioana Library Association, the program connects 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…
While doing other research last year, 1812Blockhouse discovered a coincidence about Bromfield’s life which connects his early years in Mansfield with his later success as an author. When we posted it, we were not aware if this story had been previously known.
As historians note, Louis Bromfield’s father and grandfather spelled their surname as “Brumfield,” with the father making the change to render the family name more “distinguished.” Louis was born in 1896 in Mansfield, and was a student in Mansfield schools.More…
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: 28More…
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…
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.More…
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.More…
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.More…
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:
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 […]
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…
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…
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…