The Maine Islands : In Story and Legend by Dorothy Simpson ; From material compiled by The Maine Writers Research Club
Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960. Second Impression. Hardcover. 256 pages ; maps ; 22 cm. $5.50 dust jacket with minimal wear. Bookplate and blindstamp on front endpaper. Fraying to head and tail of spine. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding firm.
"A real storehouse of history and folklore ... for residents of the area, visitors, or indeed any lovers of Americana." —Chicago Sunday Tribune
The Maine Islands
IN STORY AND LEGEND
by Dorothy Simpson
From material compiled by the Maine Writers Research Club
The islands of the Maine coast — some two thousand in all—stretch from Appledore, off New Hampshire, to St. Croix, near the Canadian border. Many of them are so small that they seldom appear on maps, yet each one has its own sovereign importance, its memories and exciting history.
Since the first European explorers sailed along the Maine coast early in the 1600's, the islands have seen battles, shipwrecks, Indian massacres, and more peaceful interludes of fishing and farming. Millionaires, artists and missionaries have settled on the islands, and pirates have made port there.
Here are stories of such lively characters as Colonel James Swan, who established himself in feudal grandeur on the Burnt Coat Islands. . . . Granny Young, who out-wrestled a black bear at sea and towed the body home. . . . Emily-from-California, an island wife with a wanderlust "Whisperer," who could tame wild horses by talking to them.
Here, too, are the islands' legends—fascinating tales of murder, buried treasure, faithless lovers and ghosts. There is even the story of a ghost ship, the Dead Ship of Harpswell, seen only in the hour after sundown and only by those about to die.
The Maine Islands captures the enchantment of the area not only for those who know and love the islands, but for many others who are just beginning to discover their charm. The book is illustrated with maps drawn by Guy Fleming, and a useful appendix gives a complete alphabetical listing of Maine's tidewater islands and their locations.
Dorothy Simpson, who wrote The Maine Islands from material compiled by members of the Maine Writers Research Club, has lived all her life on one or another of the Maine islands, and was twelve years old before she set foot on the mainland. She now lives on Gay's Island.
When she is not writing, Mrs. Simpson likes to whittle and paint. She spends as much time as possible in a boat—"an easy desire to satisfy," she says, "since we have to go to the mainland for everything except water." Mrs. Simpson has written several earlier books with a Maine setting.
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