Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red

By: Hough , Clara Sharpe

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Book Condition: Very Good


SIGNED by the author on the title page. First Edition, First Printing. Green cloth with gold spine titling and illustration, and Viking ship illustration blind-impressed on front cover. Blue illustrated endpapers. 8vo; 19.5 cm.; 7.5 inches tall; 346 pages. ---------- Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate handling wear. Publisher's olive-green cloth; blind stamped Viking ship on front; gilt spine titles. No fading. Spine tips pushed, lower spine small eight-inch split on lower spine band. Rare Dust jacket is price-clipped; has several edge chips, mostly at head/heel of spine and flap folds; some age soiling on the white back panel ---------- Clara Sharpe Hough (1893 - ?) was a newspaperwoman who, with her husband Charles Hough, owned the Falmouth Enterprise (MA) newspaper for many years. She was also an author of fiction books. ------- In this work of historical fiction, she draws from the adventure and romance of the Old Norse Sagas, specifically the Saga of Erik the Red and the Greenlander Saga. It tells the story of Leif, Erik's son, who embarks with his brother Thorwald on their seafaring adventures between Norway, Greenland and America in the year 1000. -------- Rather than focusing on the eventual discovery of Vinland, as related in the sagas, this story embellishes Leif's romantic entanglements: his passion for Gudrid, but also his love affair with Brenda (Thorgunna in the saga), and the child borne out the affair. Though he leaves Brenda, she eventually sends the child to Greenland to be with Leif. --------- He is then rejected by Gudrid and further complications arise involving his brother Thorwald and his friend Karlsefni. Amidst this drama, Christianity is also being introduced to the Greenland settlers. Hough weaves a spellbinding tale of love, pride, courage, and cruelty, but was criticized by one reviewer of the time, William Hovgaard, himself a published saga scholar, for representing Leif as much less honorable and heroic than in the sagas. Such is historical fiction, and a good yarn.

Title: Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red

Author Name: Hough , Clara Sharpe

Categories: Travel, Voyages & Exploration,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: New York, Century Co.: 1926

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Book

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 009623