How Crestline, Ohio Got into a Victorian Era Bestseller

RichlandSourceFrom the Richland Source, an article in the Richland Source on how the tiny town of Crestline, Ohio, made its way into Anthony Trollope’s travelogue, North America:

Crestline is not a significantly sizeable place: you can be in and out of town pretty quickly. This is especially true if you’re on a train. The significance of a place however, is hardly dependent on its size. It takes on considerably more significance if the train you’re riding drops you in the middle of town and leaves you there for four hours. With unanticipated hours to pass, Crestline can become quite significant: especially to a writer who has been sent to America with the expressed intention of searching out the character of the nation. Then Crestline becomes characteristic of the entire country.

This is exactly what happened in 1861 when the famous English novelist Anthony Trollope wrote about the United States in his two volume classic North America….

(Read the article.)

Posted on: July 30th, 2017 by Douglas Gerlach

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