My Own Four Walls: A Philadelphia Newspaper Columnist as Homesteader Between the Wars

Don Rose (Author)


Don Rose came to the U.S. alone from England in 1908, when he was 18, entering through Ellis Island like countless other immigrants. By 1941 he was one of Philadelphia's best-known newspaper columnists. That year he published his gentle, funny memoir My Own Four Walls , the story of the ramshackle farmhouse he and his wife, Marjorie, bought in 1918 and turned into a home for themselves and their 12 children. One of his grandsons, Neil Genzlinger-himself a journalist at the New York Times -here brings that book back to life, with the original illustrations, a century after his grandfather signed the deed. Part diary, part DIY manual, Rose's unsung classic is a tale of smoky fireplaces, leaky ceilings and unruly gardens, at a time when refrigerators were newfangled and suburban homes were furnished at country auctions. Most of all it is a story of how one man, with good-natured persistence, slowly put down roots in his adopted country.

Product Details

McFarland & Co Inc
Publish Date
30 December 2018
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