THE BRIGHT AND GLOWING PLACE by Frank Rowsome

THE BRIGHT AND GLOWING PLACE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Bible's ""How great a matter a little fire kindleth"" is variously considered from times which well anteceded the Good Book--the discovery of fire by Homo Erectus and its important protective usage against predators. Rowsome, as the title will indicate, is most appreciative of the open hearth but also its historic importance through the centuries. Beyond the fireplace itself (much too large and drafty in early Colonial times) and its many accessories, there's all kinds of miscellaneous information on lighting fires--from flint and steel to matches to Zippos, on the gratifying rewards of woodcutting, on the management of fires outdoors and in, and on the ancient spirits of fire to be propitiated. Rowsome and his book reaffirm the importance and pleasurable comfort of the Promethean gift for an age which should be glad to turn its back on artificial ""domestic ornaments"" and Presto logs.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1975
Publisher: Stephen Greene