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Conrad Richter

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Conrad Richter was born in Pennsylvania, the son, grandson, nephew, and great-nephew of clergymen. He was intended for the ministry, but at thirteen he declines a scholarship and left preperatory school for high school, from which he graduated at fifteen. After graduation, he went to work. His family on his mother's side was identified with the early American scene, and from boyhood on he was saturated with tales and the color of Eastern pioneer days. In 1928 he and his small family moved to New Mexico, where his heart and mind were soon caputred by the Southwest. From this time on he devoted himself to fiction. The Sea of Grass and The Trees were awarded the gold medal of the Societies of Libraries of New York University in 1942. The Town received the Pulitzer Prize in 1951, and The Waters of Kronos won the 1960 National Book Award for fiction. His other novels included The Fields (1946), The Lady (1957), A Simple Honorable Man (1962), The Grandfathers (1964), A Country of Strangers (1966; a companion to The Light in the Forest), and The Aristocrat, published just before his death in 1968.

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The Aristocrat

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $15.99

An infinitely attractive human being—a great lady, American-style—comes alive in Conrad Richter’s wonderful new novel.

She is Miss Alexandria Morley, and in her eighties—a doughty warrior against creeping modernity and mediocrity. She has the warmest of hearts. She is the coolest of strategists. It is a joy to see her do... Read more >

A COUNTRY OF STRANGERS

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 31, 2013
Price: $14.99

A "chronicle of a white girl captive of the Indians returned against her will to her white home . . . Her reception here, her rejection and that of her Indian son by her Caucasian father and sister . . . the conflicts of her Indian upbringing with the white way... Read more >

The Free Man

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 152 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $15.99

Henry Free, they called him now, or Frey in the dialect; and they knew him well in all the Pennsylvania land his own Palatine fellow countrymen had settled. They had even sent him to represent them in the Congress at Washington. Captain Free, they said, when they thought how he had... Read more >

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The Light in the Forest

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $7.50

When John Cameron Butler was a child, he was captured in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier and adopted by the great warrior Cuyloga. Renamed True Son, he came to think of himself as fully Indian. But eleven years later his tribe, the Lenni Lenape, has signed a treaty with the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

The Light in the Forest

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2013
Price: $6.99

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The Light in the Forest

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 20, 2005
Price: $14.95

When John Cameron Butler was a child, he was captured in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier and adopted by the great warrrior Cuyloga. Renamed True Son, he came to think of himself as fully Indian. But eleven years later his tribe, the Lenni Lenape, has signed a treaty with the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

RAWHIDE KNOT&OTH STORIES

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $13.99

The powerful story-telling voice that has carried so many readers back into the world of the American frontier is heard again in these eight tales of pioneers and pioneer days by the author of The Sea of Grass, The Light in the Forest, The Waters of Kronos and The Town. Each... Read more >

Simple Honorable Man

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $15.99

This novel by one of America’s foremost writers—and perhaps the most truly American of all—is rock-based in values and virtues which most of the time seem to have disappeared from our fiction, if not from American life itself. The story of a storekeeper turned minister, A Simple Honorable Man is the... Read more >

THE TREES

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $15.99

“They moved along in the bobbing, springy gait of a family that followed the woods as some families follow the sea.” In that first sentence Conrad Richter sets the mood of this magnificent epic of the American wilderness. Toward the close of the eighteenth century the land west of the Alleghenies... Read more >
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