His Family is a kind of immortality

Roger Gale came to New York at 17 from New Hampshire looking for a business he could turn into the American dream. He made it happen. He also married. His Family by Ernest Poole MacMillan, 1917. 1917 bestseller #7. Project Gutenberg ebook #14396. My grade A-. Three daughters and 20 years later, Judith died, leaving […]

Three Exemplary Fathers in Fiction

Good fathers are too dull for novels. At least that’s the impression the scarcity of exemplary fathers in bestselling fiction gives. I turned up just three interesting men in the bestselling pre-1970 fiction who have a demonstrable, positive impact on their own children. Atticus Finch Of the three, lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a […]

Fathers’ Day Bonus Tomorrow

Sunday you will find an unscheduled posting at here Great Penformances about three exemplary fathers in vintage bestsellers. You probably can identify one of the fathers from the T-shirt image below:   Come back Sunday to see who the other two  are and what makes them exemplary fathers. (My review of Mary Peters will run […]

Letters of a Self-Made Merchant to His Son: A Businessman’s Home Companion

If Garrison Keillor had been CEO of a pork-packing business in the 1890s, he might have written Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son. Since he was not, George Horace Lorimer undertook the task, producing a bestselling novel brimming with funny stories, shrewd advice, and love. Each of the 17 chapters of the novel […]

Fathers in Novels

Fathers who try to give their children all the advantages are two-a-penny in fiction. What makes them interesting is that they don’t all use the same strategies. Nor do they all work from the same base of moral and emotional strength. In Howard Spring’s My Son, My Son, a twentieth-century father spoils his son to […]