THE FOOLSCAP ROSE by Joseph Hergesheimer
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This book will sell, on the Hergesheimer name, but it seems a bit removed from his general type (which for the most part drops into two categories, -- costume fiction or modern sophisticates). This book falls into the class of Inheritance, Harvest in the North, etc. -- a chronicle novel, based on an industrial theme. This time the setting is a community centering around a paper mill, on the Lancaster Pike between Philadelphia and Lancaster. The story opens with the family of the founder, every member, even the hired girl, sharing in the activities, and all equally sharing in the pride in the handmade paper and decrying the introduction of machinery. And the story carries down through the descendants, with the shifting viewpoint, the coming of controversial elements, politics, the anti-trust laws, the depression of the '90's, and the impact of one member of the family on another. Episodic in treatment. A novel created out of the separate stories that ran in the Saturday Evening Post. Belongs with his Three Black Pennys in type; but lacks the power of that earlier work.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1934
Publisher: Knopf