A correction in Glendon's bio. I believe it should read Howell HIgh School and not Lowell High School. I just read the Melodeon and it references Howell Michigan. Howell and Lowell are frequently confused with each other. Great read
I've just read, for the 4th or 5th time, The Homesman. I absolutely love this book and everytime I read it I feel it more. I wish I could remember where I got this book, but I can't. What an incredible adventure and story. I wish there was a movie of it. Oh, in my greatest dreams, I wish I could have met Glendon Swarthout. That would really have been incredible. Thank you for maintaining a website for him.
One of my favorite books while in High School was "Bless the Beast and Children." I just found my copy after lmost 40 years, stored in my storage unit. I can't wait to read it.
Posted by Bob Leemanon December 13, 2011 - 01:42 pm
Why doesn't the biography of Glendon Swarthout say that he grew up in Lowell, Michigan? It only gives a swift mention of Lowell High School. His father was an executive at the bank in Lowell (which is mentioned in "Loveland") and both "Welcome to Thebes" and "Loveland" describe Lowell landmarks.
What a pleasure to know the Swarthout legacy continues in the fiction, in his wife and son, in this website, and in the difference a story can make. An author's words can have life-altering effects on a reader's life; Glendon Swarthout was such a writer. "Bless the Beasts and the Children!"
Got reminded of Swarthout's work tonight, found this website. Thanks for making it available. Always enjoyed his work.
Posted by Bob Dolanon December 20, 2009 - 10:02 pm
In " A Christmas To Remember", the grandfather, played by Jason Robards appears to faint at the end of the TV adaption. My wife and daughter say that he died. Is there anyway to find out how the author of the novel ended the story: does grandpa die in the church while playing the meoldean?
Hello, I'm an italian boy. I've just finished to read a old italian version of The Melodeon. My father read me this story when I was a child, and now I've read it again. It's a very nice story. Bye My interner address is www.danieletrucchia.it
Posted by Ed Langhamon November 18, 2009 - 09:45 pm
Hello to those who maintain this website. I just finished reading a story titled "The Melodeon", easily one of the most moving stories I have ever read. Has this story been made into a movie? The generation of youngsters alive today need to hear this marvelous tale of the real meaning of giving at Christmas. Please share this story of hope with today's kidos. Edward L. Langham
Hello! My name is Scott karlson and my mother is a swarthout. Her name was Ruth Hazel Swarthout and remembers Glendon as her cousin. I publish a weekly newspaper in Santa Fe, NM and just wanted to check in and say hi.