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SIGNED First Edition vintage book Mountain Majesties by Charles A Strange, 1996 w/ inscription & 2 fold-out maps, historical novel set in PA

SIGNED First Edition vintage book Mountain Majesties by Charles A Strange, 1996 w/ inscription & 2 fold-out maps, historical novel set in PA

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There is no other book like this one.

I was drawn to this book by the cover (my favorite color and just the way it was set up and drawn it seemed so interesting, with the black on the green you can't make out the title or author, and you have to peer in closely) but I'm glad I did not only because I found it was signed by the author, making it extra special, but because it is a story I would never have known about or read by any other way, I'm almost positive. It's just not well known, and neither is the author. Plus, the book has this intense long fold-out paper glued into the front inside cover that describes this family tree in a way I've never seen--meaning I've never seen a genealogy this long included in a book in a format like this, and I was instantly captivated by it.

The little information I was able to find on Charles A. Strange comes from Wikipedia, which doesn't even mention his being an author. I loved that. Sometimes a person in another line of work will cross over and become a writer, like the lawyer Arthur Train, but these leaps are generally found out and impress everyone around. This man is described as a major politician, but the fact he was also an author gave him another shade for me -- not many politicians are novelists, and so not only was I interested to see what the book was written about and what it was written like, I was interested in Strange's background and life.

This is where I ran into trouble. Wikipedia gave me very little to go on, saying only "Charles Alfred Strange (November 12, 1909 – May 4, 1992) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a CCF member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1943 to 1945 who represented the riding of Brantford. He was born in Portslade, Essex, the son of George Frederick Strange and Louisa Bird, and came to Canada in 1930. In 1934, Strange married Olive M. Pizzey. He was a trade union committee secretary.[1] Strange moved to Simcoe, where he worked in personnel at the American Can company, in 1947. He was a member of the St. John Ambulance.[1] Strange died in Simcoe at the age of 82.[2] Politics: He ran as the CCF candidate in the 1943 provincial election. He defeated Liberal incumbent Louis Hagey by 1,049 votes.[3] He served as a member of the official opposition behind CCF leader Ted Jolliffe. In the 1945 election he was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Stanley Dye by 2,516 votes.[4]"

That's pretty much it as far as facts go, but when I dug deeper for information on the novel and even just its existence, I was happy to find some enlightening things to set me straight on where this novel came from and what led its author to write it, but just from weird places, like the book "Yuengling: A History of America's Oldest Brewery," a book with pages available for search on Google Books. Here I found the quote: "Pottsville's social scene during the Prohibition era is the focus of an historical novel by Charles Strange, Mountain Majesties." That's it. The book came out twenty years ago, which would be after Strange's death, so I was led to the conclusion that Charles A. Strange is actually Strange's father. He worked for the American Can company and so his Ontario-ness doesn't make this impossible. According to the book's back jacket, in 1996 the author Charles, who I now believe was the son, lived in Milford CT and was a contributing writer to many journals. Regardless, you might think there would be more--even a local Connecticut article on the book and the man, perhaps? Or more on his father?--but there's not. At least not digitally -- physically I'll bet you the history of the man and his family are scattered around America in different libraries, and I'd be interested to go hunt it down if I had the time. Maybe one day I will.

So what I can give you is the storyline and some quotes to pique your interest, because by now mine was already very piqued. The inside jacket tells it like this: "Sheltered between the mountains, the community of 25,000 souls was a feudalistic society dominated by 20 third generation families with a web of inter-marriage. There was a place for everyone and everyone knew his place. Georgie Wells knew of nothing else. The decade meant the year of his childhood, boyhood, and youth, his joys, his fears and his high school loves, the one a coal miner's daughter, the other a girl of society." I won't tell more plot-wise, that would be ruining it, but if you are getting tones of To Kill a Mockingbird or A Separate Peace you might not be far off. Add in class differences and a bit more love, the richness of the scenery described in Cold Mountain, and a bit of The Great Gatsby type feel to it, and you've got an oddly unknown book that falls into all these categories in parts, creating a great whole novel I'm glad to have found.

Here's a quote so you can deduce the style of writing: "The following morning Georgie was treated to another serving of his cousin's good breeding and hospitality. When the two boys left the house Joey Ulmer was waiting on the sidewalk for Waltie. His cousin had told him the day before to walk by himself so he followed the two of them at a discreet distance except that this time his presence was acknowledged at intervals when the two would turn around laughing and pointing their fingers at him, shouting 'Ho moon plane, Yay moon plane!'"

Want to know what the hell that means? Buy it and read it! And if for nothing else, read it if you like Yuengling, "America's Oldest Brewery," because it features as part of the story and will enlighten you to its amazingly cool history.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Mountain Majesties
-Author: Charles A. Strange
-Inscribed to: Jim Kevlin
-Format: Hardcover, first edition, signed and inscribed, dust jacket
-Condition: Near mint.
-Publisher: J. F. Seiders Printers, Pottsville Pennsylvania
-Copyright: 1996 Charles A. Strange
-Date published: 1996
-Provenance: I bought this at a barn-type outdoor book market over Thanksgiving weekend (2016) in Eastern CT.
-Pricing: I priced this novel knowing it is unavailable anywhere else. There are no signed editions of this novel for sale online, and the copies for sale are not in good condition or not first editions. The condition of this copy is neat and impressive, and knowing it is an important historical novel signed by an important historical figure, these all entered into my decision. Plus, what a beautiful cover! Also the maps attached are so, so cool and unusual for many novels today, a sign of its antique time period.
There is no other book like this one.

I was drawn to this book by the cover (my favorite color and just the way it was set up and drawn it seemed so interesting, with the black on the green you can't make out the title or author, and you have to peer in closely) but I'm glad I did not only because I found it was signed by the author, making it extra special, but because it is a story I would never have known about or read by any other way, I'm almost positive. It's just not well known, and neither is the author. Plus, the book has this intense long fold-out paper glued into the front inside cover that describes this family tree in a way I've never seen--meaning I've never seen a genealogy this long included in a book in a format like this, and I was instantly captivated by it.

The little information I was able to find on Charles A. Strange comes from Wikipedia, which doesn't even mention his being an author. I loved that. Sometimes a person in another line of work will cross over and become a writer, like the lawyer Arthur Train, but these leaps are generally found out and impress everyone around. This man is described as a major politician, but the fact he was also an author gave him another shade for me -- not many politicians are novelists, and so not only was I interested to see what the book was written about and what it was written like, I was interested in Strange's background and life.

This is where I ran into trouble. Wikipedia gave me very little to go on, saying only "Charles Alfred Strange (November 12, 1909 – May 4, 1992) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a CCF member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1943 to 1945 who represented the riding of Brantford. He was born in Portslade, Essex, the son of George Frederick Strange and Louisa Bird, and came to Canada in 1930. In 1934, Strange married Olive M. Pizzey. He was a trade union committee secretary.[1] Strange moved to Simcoe, where he worked in personnel at the American Can company, in 1947. He was a member of the St. John Ambulance.[1] Strange died in Simcoe at the age of 82.[2] Politics: He ran as the CCF candidate in the 1943 provincial election. He defeated Liberal incumbent Louis Hagey by 1,049 votes.[3] He served as a member of the official opposition behind CCF leader Ted Jolliffe. In the 1945 election he was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Stanley Dye by 2,516 votes.[4]"

That's pretty much it as far as facts go, but when I dug deeper for information on the novel and even just its existence, I was happy to find some enlightening things to set me straight on where this novel came from and what led its author to write it, but just from weird places, like the book "Yuengling: A History of America's Oldest Brewery," a book with pages available for search on Google Books. Here I found the quote: "Pottsville's social scene during the Prohibition era is the focus of an historical novel by Charles Strange, Mountain Majesties." That's it. The book came out twenty years ago, which would be after Strange's death, so I was led to the conclusion that Charles A. Strange is actually Strange's father. He worked for the American Can company and so his Ontario-ness doesn't make this impossible. According to the book's back jacket, in 1996 the author Charles, who I now believe was the son, lived in Milford CT and was a contributing writer to many journals. Regardless, you might think there would be more--even a local Connecticut article on the book and the man, perhaps? Or more on his father?--but there's not. At least not digitally -- physically I'll bet you the history of the man and his family are scattered around America in different libraries, and I'd be interested to go hunt it down if I had the time. Maybe one day I will.

So what I can give you is the storyline and some quotes to pique your interest, because by now mine was already very piqued. The inside jacket tells it like this: "Sheltered between the mountains, the community of 25,000 souls was a feudalistic society dominated by 20 third generation families with a web of inter-marriage. There was a place for everyone and everyone knew his place. Georgie Wells knew of nothing else. The decade meant the year of his childhood, boyhood, and youth, his joys, his fears and his high school loves, the one a coal miner's daughter, the other a girl of society." I won't tell more plot-wise, that would be ruining it, but if you are getting tones of To Kill a Mockingbird or A Separate Peace you might not be far off. Add in class differences and a bit more love, the richness of the scenery described in Cold Mountain, and a bit of The Great Gatsby type feel to it, and you've got an oddly unknown book that falls into all these categories in parts, creating a great whole novel I'm glad to have found.

Here's a quote so you can deduce the style of writing: "The following morning Georgie was treated to another serving of his cousin's good breeding and hospitality. When the two boys left the house Joey Ulmer was waiting on the sidewalk for Waltie. His cousin had told him the day before to walk by himself so he followed the two of them at a discreet distance except that this time his presence was acknowledged at intervals when the two would turn around laughing and pointing their fingers at him, shouting 'Ho moon plane, Yay moon plane!'"

Want to know what the hell that means? Buy it and read it! And if for nothing else, read it if you like Yuengling, "America's Oldest Brewery," because it features as part of the story and will enlighten you to its amazingly cool history.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Mountain Majesties
-Author: Charles A. Strange
-Inscribed to: Jim Kevlin
-Format: Hardcover, first edition, signed and inscribed, dust jacket
-Condition: Near mint.
-Publisher: J. F. Seiders Printers, Pottsville Pennsylvania
-Copyright: 1996 Charles A. Strange
-Date published: 1996
-Provenance: I bought this at a barn-type outdoor book market over Thanksgiving weekend (2016) in Eastern CT.
-Pricing: I priced this novel knowing it is unavailable anywhere else. There are no signed editions of this novel for sale online, and the copies for sale are not in good condition or not first editions. The condition of this copy is neat and impressive, and knowing it is an important historical novel signed by an important historical figure, these all entered into my decision. Plus, what a beautiful cover! Also the maps attached are so, so cool and unusual for many novels today, a sign of its antique time period.

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