And, I'm sure, you’ve heard of the Virginia novelist Mary Johnston!
She lived from 1870 to 1936 and wrote more than 20 novels – about colonial Virginia, about romance, and about the Civil War.
- During WWII, Dwight Eisenhower said "if I want to read military tactics for pleasure, I choose to read Mary Johnston."
- To Have and to Hold was the best-selling novel in the US in 1900 and was twice made into a film.
- Old Dominion is the only book we know for sure was in the Titanic's library.
Audrey, a romance of adventure set in 1720s Virginia. Her language keeps me turning to the dictionary (for coign, contumacy, paladin, regnant…), but I very much enjoy reading about the customs of colonial life here in the Old Dominion.
Yours in learning new words, learning about Virginia, and learning about my namesake,