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Posted by Ruth Logan Herne on September 10, 2015 - 05:16 pm
Somehow we're related. I am a multi-published, best-selling Christian novelist and my grandmother was Myrtle Swarthout... and the Swarthouts had almost a dozen children, most of whom lived to adulthood. I'd always credited my mother's side for my talent/gift because her writing was amazing, but now, realizing that we're all Swarthout descendants, I'm going to consider myself a combination of gifts.

An elderly 2nd cousin had e-mailed me with our relationship after reading one of my books, so I had to just stop by and say hello.

We are blessed.
Posted by M Wauson on August 16, 2015 - 02:51 pm
I gave my mother, who was born in 1932, a copy of The Melodeon just before Christmas in 2009. It was the last book she ever read, she died on that very Christmas day, with all of us around her. A wonderful, thoughtful book with more than a touch of magic and memory, I'm so very glad I was able to share that book with her at the end of her journey.
We now read it every year before Christmas in her memory..........
Posted by Alan on July 09, 2015 - 02:16 am
Something happened to me a few weeks ago.. though I don't know why. Somehow I found the sentiments of Bless the Beasts and the Children had suddenly invaded me for no apparent reason. Smack out of the blue. Not necessarily the story itself, but rather the personal perspectives and emotional approaches of the characters as each identifies to my own history had sprung to heart. I have never read the book and have only seen the film once sometime around the mid 1990s. It was nothing more than a movie that I remembered fondly, so I began this trek without knowing even as much as who had authored it. I have continued to submerge myself into it.. deep.. searching out every possible detail of its creation and span; and in doing so have found myself here. My goodness.. what an enjoyable and informative study this has been! Go ahead.. quiz me. I told my wife that I want only one simple thing as a birthday gift this year.. a copy of Beasts. But enough about that. What lay before me is now is the very exciting prospect of discovering the extent of this wonderful author and creator of lore and circumstance. I have learned as much about the man as I can find in a few weeks.. and now begins my journey through the plethora of works he has given us to enjoy. This is going to be fantastic-- I can tell already.
Posted by Lucky on December 21, 2014 - 12:32 am
Just watched the trailer for The Homesman & ordered the dvd from Amazon. Looks great! Glendon Swarthout sure was a handsome feller wasn't he!
Posted by Nancy S on August 17, 2014 - 11:58 am
I just finished The Homesman and absolutely LOVED IT!
I going to share it with my book club and have already shared it on facebook. I am a FAN!!
Posted by Leslie P on March 06, 2014 - 12:29 pm
I just read The Homesman which I selected at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle rather at random...what an amazing read! A relentless and compelling story--unforgiving throughout. Now I'm telling everyone about it.
Posted by Jack McGhee on June 26, 2013 - 11:02 pm
Mr. Swarthout...I would like to speak with you at your convenience about some of your novels that would interest me turning to feature films...my number is 1-928-386-0985...Thank you for your time in this matter..Jack McGhee
Posted by Lindsay Root on September 11, 2012 - 01:07 am
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
Posted by Becky Seng on August 29, 2012 - 08:26 pm
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.
Posted by Trish Kennedy on February 14, 2012 - 07:38 pm
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 Leeman on 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.
Posted by Chuck Lewis on December 01, 2011 - 11:09 pm
Just picked up "Bless the Beasts and Children" also going to get "The Shootist" if I like his writing I'll get some of his other books.
Posted by Stacie Anfinson on October 21, 2011 - 02:17 am
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!"
Posted by Andrew Wrathall on June 20, 2011 - 11:10 am
Wonderful site about a wonderful writer. The Shootist is the best western ever written.
Posted by Scott MacMillan on January 02, 2011 - 11:39 pm
Whatever success I have had as a writer I owe largely to my early reading and re-reading of Glendon Swarthout's novels. Glen may be gone, but his books are forever.
Posted by Bruce Arthurs on December 05, 2010 - 12:50 am
Got reminded of Swarthout's work tonight, found this website. Thanks for making it available. Always enjoyed his work.
Posted by Bob Dolan on 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?
Posted by Daniele Trucchia on December 17, 2009 - 11:04 am
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 Langham on 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
Posted by Melissa Vance on March 22, 2009 - 03:03 pm

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