Two reviews ahead of 1909 novels

I have exhausted my pile of 1919 bestsellers. I meant to get to the state university branch library to use their archives, but life intervened.

I’ll step back 10 years and give you reviews of two novels from the 1909 bestseller list that I found in circulation: The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Fox Jr.

Both books have been reprinted since their copyrights expired and they went into the public domain. If you can’t find them in your local library, you’ll find them at booksellers. Or you can find them at  Project Gutenberg for online reading. Rinehart’s novel is available for download to a Kindle, but I don’t believe the Fox novel is.

There is also a 1936 film version of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine for which Fox wrote the screenplay. It’s available on DVD.

~ Linda Gorton Aragoni

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