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The singing creek where the willows grow : the mystical nature diary of Opal Whiteley : with a biography and an afterword

Author: Opal Stanley Whiteley; Benjamin Hoff
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Long before environmental consciousness became popular, a young nature writer named Opal Whitely captured America's heart. Opal's childhood diary, published in 1902, became an immediate bestseller, one of the most talked-about books of its time. Wistful, funny, and wise, it was described by an admirer as "the revelation of the ... life of a feminine Peter Pan of the Oregon wilderness ---- so innocent, so intimate,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Named Person: Opal Stanley Whiteley; Opal Stanley Whiteley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Opal Stanley Whiteley; Benjamin Hoff
ISBN: 0140237208 9780140237207
OCLC Number: 30516838
Description: 373 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
Contents: Magical Opal Whiteley --
The Singing Creek where the willows grow --
Afterword: Napsbury and beyond.
Responsibility: by Benjamin Hoff.
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Long before environmental consciousness became popular, a young nature writer named Opal Whitely captured America's heart. Opal's childhood diary, published in 1902, became an immediate bestseller, one of the most talked-about books of its time. Wistful, funny, and wise, it was described by an admirer as "the revelation of the ... life of a feminine Peter Pan of the Oregon wilderness ---- so innocent, so intimate, so haunting, that I should not know where in all literature to look for a counterpart". But the diary soon fell into disgrace. Condemning it as an adult-written hoax, skeptics stirred a scandal that drove the book into obscurity and shattered the frail spirit of its author. Discovering the diary by chance, bestselling author Benjamin Hoff set out to solve the longstanding mystery of its origin. His biography of Opal that accompanies the diary provides fascinating proof that the document is indeed authentic ---- the work of a magically gifted child, America's forgotten interpreter of nature.

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Praise for The Diary of Opal Whiteley in 1920: "A human miracle... The most wonderful book concerning childhood, and written by a child, that has ever been given to the world." --The London Read more...

 
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