The Soldier from Virginia
By Marjorie Bowen
THIS novel deals with the early life and adventures of George Washington, often regarded as a formal and stiff personality.
His career was, however, full of romance and incident, adventure and excitement, and in his youth he possessed both charm and ardour. It is a passage in history too often overlaid by dullness and conventionalism. An attempt is here made to restore freshness to the daring gesture of the young colony in breaking away from the mother country.
Also in dealing with George Washington himself from his early days in Williamsburg up to the surrender of York Town, I have endeavoured to show that his life was one of undaunted courage, combined with a set purpose.
Marjorie Bowen was born in 1885 and often wrote under the pseudonym Margaret Gabrielle Vere Campbell Long. She was one of Britain’s most prolific authors of the twentieth century. Writing was more than just a hobby: her works were the primary source of financial support for her family. Between 1906 and her death in 1952, Bowen wrote over 150 books, garnering much acclaim for her popular histories and historical and Gothic romances. Alongside masterful descriptions and concise, efficient prose, she deftly rendered larger-than-life subjects in the minds of her readers. To this day, aficionados of the genres covet Bowen’s work. Her other titles include The Sword Decided, Mary Queen of Scots, The Queen’s Caprice, The Governor of England, Mistress Nell Gwynn and Dickon.