House of Earth

House of Earth

A Novel

Large Print - 2013
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The only finished novel from the legendary American folk singer portrays life in Dust Bowl America with the story of Tike and Ella May Hamlin, who struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle.

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Finished in 1947 and lost to readers until now, House of Earth is legendary folk singer and American icon Woody Guthrie’s only finished novel. A powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, it’s the story of an ordinary couple’s dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a corrupt world.

Tike and Ella May Hamlin are struggling to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas panhandle. The husband and wife live in a precarious wooden farm shack, but Tike yearns for a sturdy house that will protect them from the treacherous elements. Thanks to a five-cent government pamphlet, Tike has the know-how to build a simple adobe dwelling, a structure made from the land itself—fireproof, windproof, Dust Bowl-proof. A house of earth.

A story of rural realism and progressive activism, and in many ways a companion piece to Guthrie’s folk anthem “This Land Is Your Land,” House of Earth is a searing portrait of hardship and hope set against a ravaged landscape. Combining the moral urgency and narrative drive of John Steinbeck with the erotic frankness of D. H. Lawrence, here is a powerful tale of America from one of our greatest artists.

An essay by bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp introduce House of Earth, the inaugural title in Depp’s imprint at HarperCollins, Infinitum Nihil.



Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2013
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe large print ed
Description: xlviii, 262 p. (large print) : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780062253422
0062253425
Branch Call Number: LP Guth
Additional Contributors: Depp, Johnny
Brinkley, Douglas

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winston2006
Jun 23, 2014

Guthrie should have stayed with songwriting and left the field of literature to real writers like Hemingway and Lawrence, particularly when he tried to interject sex into his "novel." The book was packed with interesting colloquialisms of the era, but the sex in the barn was contrived and out of touch with the rest of the short story. Clearly, those in the movie industry back in the thirties knew what they were doing when they turned this one down.

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kakacurt
Jun 30, 2013

Interesting for the cultural knowledge of Woody Guthrie. But certainly not one of my favorite books. A fairly base book including a large part about the sexual exploits between the farmer and his wife that detracts from the whole.

I almost enjoyed the "forward" more than the book. More interesting.

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Nov 29, 2013

But. Fight what? Fight who? Fight where? When? The wind, or the rain? Fight the moon and the stars? Rip off his clothes and fight the seasons and the clouds? Fight the wind and fight the dust because it came at the wrong time, never at the right time?...Fight the people that come out across the yard to collect all kinds of silly debts? Go fight the state capitol, the city hall, the public toilet? What?

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