Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Favorite Author

Absolutely awesome trilogy.

Eugenia Price...I have read everything the library has by this remarkable Author! Her books took me back in time...her novelized histories, made me feel like I knew the very people she wrote about. Families, that settled the area, made lives there and finally, were laid to rest in the land they loved. I want to walk the same paths, visit their churches, their graves. And maybe, I will read again, the stories of love, loss, courage and faith...written by the best storyteller, I've ever read. If you get the chance, browse your local library and check out her books...I promise, you won't be disappointed!!!

A little information about Eugenia Price...
Perhaps more than any other writer, Eugenia Price has defined the stories of the old South. Her 14 novels, including the St. Simons Trilogy, the Florida Trilogy and the Georgia trilogy are filled with characters from the Georgia and Florida coasts in the 1800s. Her meticulously researched books set the standard for historical fiction of the period, offering a rare insight into the everyday routines and concerns of Americans in the 19th century.

Eugenia Price was born in Charleston, West Virginia in 1916. After completing her studies at Northwestern University and living in Chicago, she began writing and producing for radio, then television. The publication of her first book, Discoveries, in 1952 launched her career as an author. She touched many readers with her insights and perceptions on life, faith and service with her 26 volumes of inspirational non-fiction.

Eugenia Price discovered St. Simons Island, Georgia on a promotional tour for her non-fiction books. The story of Anson Dodge, the young man who built Christ Church in the 1880s, captured her imagination. She moved to the island and within the next decade, she had written her first historical fiction - not just one novel, but three! - spanning three generations of the Dodge family. Her accounting of these Island families who shaped our history here put St. Simons Island, Georgia on the map, bringing readers from all over the country and eventually the world to visit.

Eugenia Price built an island home, appropriately named "The Dodge" and lived out the rest of her years here. She died of a heart ailment on May 28, 1996 and was buried at Christ Church. At the time of her death, her publishers estimate that she had as many as 20 million books in print world-wide.

This is where Tomer and I (Lord willing) want to go next Spring to celebrate our 40th
Anniversary...better late than never!

Love to All!


Louise said...

I so enjoy her books ... she's an excellent writer.

Samantha said...

I have not read her books but will look for them in my local library.

Just Breathe said...

Isn't it wonderful when you find someone you really like to read.
I can hear the excitement in the words you type. Enjoy!

Constance said...

I have to say that I have never read one of her books! I think I might have one on our bookshelves but I don't know for sure! MANY years ago, I used to read trashy romance novels but discovered that they were such a waste of my valuable time. I started paying more attention to my husband and discovered plenty of romance right here! I like to read historical stuff, biographies, historical fiction and so on. I need to start gathering my reading material for our trip to Yellowstone next week. 23 hours straight through! Of course, I might sleep part of that time!Ha ha!

Pat said...

I havent read any of these books, but they really sound good to me, and I will have to make a trip to the library to check them out! She writes of my favorite area, though I have never been there, it always calls to me.

Silver said...

40th Anniversary? Wow. Way to go! How blessed indeed!