Collecting Walter D. Edmonds:
A Leisurely Trek Along the Towpath
During his long career as a novelist and historian Walter D. Edmonds earned a unique place among American writers. His masterpiece, Drums Along the Mohawk, is an authoritative evocation of frontier life in upstate New York during the Revolutionary War. In three painstakingly researched novels about life on the Erie CanalRome Haul, Erie Water and Chad Hannahe depicted a lifestyle that has long since disappeared. Some critics believe that Edmonds short stories are his finest accomplishments.
Low Bridge! Fifteen (or so) Books
on the Erie Canal
A selection of the essential books written about Clintons Ditch. Among them are books by Samuel Hopkins Adams who, after his friend Walter D. Edmonds, was the best known chronicler of Canal days. Everybody Down!
Previously in FIRSTS
May 1991: Mari Sandoz and Walter Van Tilburg Clark
May 2001: Rick Bass and Thornton Wilder
Books into Film
Rome Haul / The Farmer Takes a Wife