Sunday, April 10, 2011

10th April Eric Knight (1897 - 1943)

Author Eric Knight was born in Yorkshire, England but moved to the United States when he was fifteen as his mother had married an American. Although he wrote many novels in his short life, he is probably best remembered for Lassie Come Home, a story that made Lassie and collies famous and movie stars. He raised collies and other dogs with his wife on a property in Pennsylvania and wrote his Lassie story here in 1938. Unfortunately he was killed in an aircrash while working as a major in the U S Army.

Two stalwarts of children's literature, Rosemary Wells and Susan Jeffers have taken the original story of a Yorkshire boy and his collie, Lassie who is taken away but manages to find his way back to the boy hundreds of miles away, and turned it into a magnificent picture book. Noone my age can read it without a tear or fond memories of rerun after rerun of the movies on television, but for children who like adventure stories or dog stories it is still worth a read.

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