White Gumbo, Dorothy De St. Clement, Inscribed by Author, 1st Ed, w DJ, 1951


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White Gumbo
by Dorothy De St. Clement
(Countess Dorotea De Sauteiron De St. Clement)

"To the Webers memories of the happy hours spent in your home with Bobby. Dorothy, 1951"

Publisher: Vantage Press, New York
Copyright: 1951

Condition: This book is in very good condition. Hardcover with DJ. The dust jacket (protected by a mylar cover) is worn along top edge. Publisher's original green cloth boards are in good condition, near fine. Hinges tight. Binding square. Text block is crisp and clean. No markings. Personalized by the author.

North Dakota in the 1890s was the last American frontier. That decade saw its population virtually double, it's rolling prairies become the country's leading wheat fields, it's grazing lands a boon to prospective sheep razors and cattlemen. Into this huge area came emigrants from the East and immigrants from Europe. And into this conglomeration of latter-day pioneers came Abram Berry of New Jersey, his wife, and his two young daughters, the elder of whom tells the story.

Father had bought a hotel in Taylor, North Dakota. The Berrys found the hotel in fine shape-a yellow structure complete with an adjoining building of smaller proportions, which was standardly equipped with Sears, Roebuck catalogs. One half of the smaller building boasted artwork from the Police Gazette; the other side was more discreetly adorned by a framed picture of Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Father became a hotel proprietor, but not in the usual sense. He was always the gracious host receiving his guests, the paying and non-paying alike, with a sincere smile. This heartwarming and funny story recalls in a tender nostalgic mood everything that can happen to a pioneer family- tragedy, comedy and even monotony.

5.5" x 9"
186 pages

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