Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter – Forgotten Classic



Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter – Hardcover and Paperback options available.

This is the complete and unabridged text of Gene Stratton-Porter’s novel, Freckles. This beautiful edition features original cover art by Haleigh DeRocher and is sold exclusively in this shop.

The Forgotten Classics Collection is an ever growing collection of public domain books that deserve the title of Classic but have been largely overlooked by the general public – forgotten, as it were. These books may be obscure titles from popular classic authors, or books by authors that were popular in their time but have since fallen into obscurity. All of these books are worth reading, which is why I’ve decided to bring them back into print in hopes to grow their audience!

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Gene Stratton-Porter was an American author, nature photographer, and naturalist from Indiana. The setting for her first two novels, Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost, was Limberlost Swamp in Geneva, Indiana, where Stratton-Porter lived until 1913. The swamp was also the locale for many of her nonfiction works, which focused on natural history. To her friends and readers, Stratton-Porter was known as “The Bird Lady” and “The Lady of the Limberlost”.  In 1917 Stratton-Porter urged legislative support for the conservation of Limberlost Swamp and other wetlands in Indiana. Unfortunately, the swamp was drained, resulting in Stratton-Porter having to find inspiration elsewhere.
After the publication of Freckles in 1904, Gene Stratton-Porter became wildly famous for her time, with over 50 million books of her titles in print. She went on to become a movie producer, in addition to continuing her writing career with over 55 books published during her career. Although Stratton-Porter preferred to focus on her nature books, it was her novels that made her famous. In turn, the success of these novels provided the income she needed to further pursue her studies of nature. By 1919, her status as a best-selling author had begun to fade, but she remains an important part of American history.


“The Limberlost stirred gently, then shook herself, growled, and awoke around him…”
Freckles, a spirited orphan, sets out to prove his worth in the world. Maimed and abandoned as an infant, he finally finds deliverance in the Limberlost Swamp, where he is given the opportunity to guard its precious timber. It’s in the woods of the swamp that he finally finds solace and meaning; the beauty of nature and the majesty of God’s creatures begin to heal his soul.
In this heartwarming story of adventure, love, and virtue, Indiana-born naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter celebrates the wonderful world God has given us.

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