Saturday, January 26, 2013

"The Barn by Egg and I Road" oil landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"The Barn by Egg and I Road" oil landscape painting by Robin Weiss SOLD
Man, I have been procrastinating on the blog again!  I think it is because I have so much stuff banging around in my head to post about, that I just keep putting it off!  In my effort to get the ball rolling again I will post this warm up study of a photo I took last summer. this is a familiar barn to lots of us who live on the Kitsap Peninnsula.  Its right off the main highway on the way to Port Townsend and right next to a road named for a book that is iconic in our area.

 The Egg and I, first published in 1945, is a humorous memoir by American author Betty MacDonald about her adventures and travels as a young wife on a chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. The book is based on the author's experiences as a newlywed in trying to acclimate and operate a small chicken farm with her first husband Robert Heskett from 1927 to 1931 near Chimacum, Washington. On visits with her family in Seattle, she told stories of their tribulations, which greatly amused them. In the 1940s, MacDonald's sisters strongly encouraged her to write a book about these experiences. The Egg and I was MacDonald's first attempt at writing a book.

First published by the J. B. Lippincott Company on October 3, 1945, The Egg and I received laudatory reviews and soon appeared on the best-seller list. The book was a blockbuster success as a novel, being reprinted on a nearly monthly basis for the next two years.
On September 12, 1946, the specially-bound one-millionth copy of the book was presented to MacDonald by Washington Governor Monrad Wallgren at a luncheon in Seattle

These excerpts were taken from Wikipedia.  I have not yet read the book even though it has been on my bookshelf for about 20 years!  After doing this research I will have to read it!

5 comments:

Lavon said...

Robin, This is marvelous!!!! Now I will have to see if I can find the book on my Kindle! I love old stories written humourously by those who lived in that time period. Every now and then I will find a good one at a National Park bookstore. The painting is just so inspirational!

Lavon said...

well, boo, my Kindle does not have it... sigh.. oh well. next I am in Seattle I will have to look for in in a local bookstore...

DARRELL ANDERSON said...

You painted a barn I've wanted to get to for some time....and you didit so well. You blog entry was one of the most interesting I've read and I
didn't know the history of the book or the road although I had heard of the
book. Very enjoyable post.

Robin Weiss said...

Thank you Lavon! I'm going to read it too! Let me know how you like it!

Robin Weiss said...

Thank's Darrell! I'll be revisiting this barn for sure! Hey let's go together!..=]