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The epic novel of the conversion of Western desert into farmland, THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH is now available in a special commemorative 392-page edition. T

he new, hard-cover edition has a four-color dustjacket and contains the entire, unabridged text of the author's original 1911 novel, plus an introduction by Harold Bell Wright biographer, Lawrence Tagg, author of Storyteller to America, and a preface by Norman Wright, son of the author. The 392-page, hardcover book ships with a special 4-color insert detailing the installation of the manuscript of "Barbara" at the Imperial County Historical Society Museum,

While it is a novel, it has a firm historical background, accurately describing the early days of the reclamation of the Imperial Valley of California from desert. Early in the century, Harold Bell Wright was one of the America's most popular authors. He wrote about the Ozarks before coming West to California for health reasons, briefly making his home at Tecolote Rancho, at Meloland. This ranch, where he raised horses and did general farming, was located in Imperial County, not far from the Mexican border. Barbara is likely the highest-selling book HBW ever wrote, according to Luther Mott, in his Golden Multitudes (Macmillan, 1947), where he quotes an estimated 1.6 million hardcover sales to that date.

In THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH, he tells a story of love, rivalries, greed and noble ideals. The setting is the Imperial Valley, where he lived for seven years. The novel is set in the days when the area was being reclaimed from desert by diversion of water from the Colorado River. It has the distinction of placing twice on the country's top ten best-seller list. The special commemorative edition of The Winning of Barbara Worth was commissioned by the Imperial County Historical Society and is limited to 250 numbered copies.

Hardback - Number 151 of 250 numbered copies

Published 1998

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