The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
Long before environmental consciousness became popular, a young nature writer named Opal Whitely captured America's heart. Opal's childhood diary, published in 1902, became an immediate bestseller, one of the most talked-about books of its time. Wistful, funny, and wise, it was described by an... show more
Long before environmental consciousness became popular, a young nature writer named Opal Whitely captured America's heart. Opal's childhood diary, published in 1902, became an immediate bestseller, one of the most talked-about books of its time. Wistful, funny, and wise, it was described by an admirer as "the revelation of the ...life of a feminine Peter Pan of the Oregon wilderness—so innocent, so intimate, so haunting, that I should not know where in all literature to look for a counterpart." But the diary soon fell into disgrace. Condemning it as an adult-written hoax, skeptics stirred a scandal that drove the book into obscurity and shattered the frail spirit of its author. Discovering the diary by chance, bestselling author Benjamin Hoff set out to solve the longstanding mystery of its origin. His biography of Opal that accompanies the diary provides fascinating proof that the document is indeed authentic—the work of a magically gifted child, America's forgotten interpreter of nature.
Publish date: February 1st 1995
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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who was Opal Whiteley? child prodigy, mystical nature writer, charlatan, fraud, illegitimate daughter of the Prince of Orleans, misunderstood child in turn-of-the-century Washington state, dangerous guy-magnet in colonial India, mentally unbalanced ward of an English institution, victim, or visionar...
I'm not going to give this a rating because I didn't read the main body of the book containing Opal's diary. I only read Benjamin Hoff's biography of Opal at the beginning and his additional information at the close of the book. Opal was certainly a precocious child. I admire her love of nature and ...
Opal Whiteley, born in 1897 in the USA, wrote an extraordinary book and was at the heart of an unsolved mystery. Writer Melanie McFadyean explores Whiteley's childhood in an Oregon lumber village and her rise to fame in America, her exotic adventures and many years in British asylum, where she died ...