You might remember earlier this year that Hesperus Press ran a competition to find a lost classic to add to their very distinguished list to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The winning book has been announced & it’s The Great Meadow by Elizabeth Madox Roberts. Roberts isn’t an author I’ve heard of but she was very well regarded in the first half of the 20th century. The Great Meadow was published in 1930 & was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.
Roberts was born in 1881 & her work has been compared to that of Willa Cather, William Faulkner & Robert Penn Warren. She enrolled at the University of Chicago in her 30s to pursue her love of literature & her best-known work tells the stories of the Kentucky mountain people. The Great Meadow is a historical novel set in the early days of the settlement of Kentucky. It’s the story of a young couple leaving their families in Virginia to make the long journey to settle in Kentucky.
Michael Wynne, who entered The Great Meadow in the competition, has written an Introduction that will be included in this new edition.
I’m looking forward to reading The Great Meadow & I hope to have a chance to do so before it’s published at the end of October.