Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman

By Mary Mann Hamilton
The astonishing first-person account of Mississippi pioneer woman struggling to survive, protect her family and make a home in the early American South
Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 - c.1936) began recording her experiences in the backwoods of the Mississippi Delta. The result is this astonishing first-person account of a pioneer woman who braved grueling work, profound tragedy, and a pitiless wilderness (she and her family faced floods, tornadoes, fires, bears, panthers, and snakes) to protect her home in the early American South.
An early draft of Trials of the Earth was submitted to a writers' competition sponsored by Little, Brown in 1933. It didn't win, and we almost lost the chance to bring this raw, vivid narrative to readers. Eighty-three years later, in partnership with Mary Mann Hamilton's descendants, we're proud to share this irreplaceable piece of American history. Written in spare, rich prose, Trials of the Earth is a precious record of one woman's extraordinary endurance and courage that will resonate with readers of history and fiction alike.


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"A riveting and instructive read.... Hamilton is a natural-born storyteller.... [Her] first-person accounts are important testimonials about what used to be." Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ"
"To read Hamilton's autobiography is to experience an extraordinary life of courage and hardship...Hamilton, a born storyteller, has written a rich, simple narrative; her personal strength is surpassed only by the strength of her writing abilities." "Library Journal "(This text refers to an earlier edition of the book)" ""



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Publisher Little Brown and Company
Publish date 07/12/2016
Pages 336
ISBN-13 9780316341394
ISBN-10 0316341398
Language English

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