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ISBN:0709102526
Author: Elswyth Thane
ISBN13: 978-0709102526
Title: Dawn's Early Light
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; New Ed edition (1987)
Pages: 312

Dawn's Early Light by Elswyth Thane



Dawn's Early Light book. Elswyth Thane is best known for her Williamsburg series, seven. This would have been a much stronger book had Elswyth Thane chosen to simply tell the story of Julian Day, a young man who travels from London with his father who is taking up a post in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1774. When his father dies during the voyage, Day is bewildered-left without money or friends or purpose in this strange new land.

Elswyth Thane is best-known for her Williamsburg series, seven novels published between 1943 and 1957 that follow several generations of two families from the American Revolution to World War II. Dawn's Early Light is the first novel in the series. In it, colonial Williamsburg comes alive

Elswyth Thane is best-known for her Williamsburg series, seven novels published between 1943 and 1957 that follow several generations of two families from the American Revolution to World War II. In it, colonial Williamsburg comes alive.

Book Overviews: Top Book, Top Author, Top Genre. Elswyth Thane is best-known for her Williamsburg series, seven novels published between 1943 and 1957 that follow several generations of two families from the American Revolution to World War II. In it, colonial Williamsburg comes alive

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I was given "Dawn's Early Light" by my mother when I was 9. It was her copy, appropriated from the library where she'd worked for many years. I hated romance and was all about history - this book has both. In fact, she told me that her brother loved the books and learned most of what he learned about the Revolutionary War from reading them, not from the history texts.

Dawn's Early Light is the first novel in the series. Thane centers her novel around four major characters: the Aristrocratic St. John Sprague, who becomes George Washington's aide; Regina Greensleeves, a Virginia beauty spoiled by a season in London; Julian Day, a young schoolmaster who arrives from England on the eve of the war and initially thinks of himself as a Tory; and Tibby Mawes, one of his less fortunate pupils, saddled. We penetrate to the swamp-encircled camp which was Marion's stronghold on the Peedee. We watch the cat-and-mouse game between Cornwallis and Lafayette, which ended in Cornwallis's unlucky stand at Yorktown. Dawn's Early Light is the human story behind our first war for liberty, and of the men and women loving and laughing through it to the dawn of a better world.

Reviews: 7
Ffleg
I was delighted to discover Dawns Early Light as a rediscovered classic. In 1943 on my first visit to the public library after turning 13, I was greeted by the typically dressed librarian of the day- long black skirt, white longsleeved high neck blouse, bun on the top of her head. She informed me that I now was eligible to read from the adult section of the library. She had chosen my first book for me and it was Dawns Early Light. Even in today's world, it is a wonderful selection to begin adult reading
Nnulam
I have been looking for Elswythe Thane's Williamsburg books for years so was excited to find a few on Amazon. Dawn's Early Light is a favorite but the text was almost unreadable, Where a word contained a double " l" (like willow or wall) a capitol U was used. This kind is weird print was on every page like one of those strange paragraphs found on Facebook that says if you can read this you're a genius. I doubt if that's true but you sure had to be a word decipher to make sense of the story. It was a huge disappointment! Stay away from the paperback version of this first volume. It's a mess!
Snake Rocking
I was given "Dawn's Early Light" by my mother when I was 9. It was her copy, appropriated from the library where she'd worked for many years. I hated romance and was all about history - this book has both. In fact, she told me that her brother loved the books and learned most of what he learned about the Revolutionary War from reading them, not from the history texts. The romance is handled deftly, however, such that it has remained one of my favorite love stories, as well as one of my favorite historical novels.

One word about the re-editions, however: These books were written in the 1940's and 1950's, so there is really not a lot of explicit language. However, the Buccaneer editors apparently decided that what little language there was had to be cleaned up. I'm really not sure why. Rest assured that Julian and St John actually do swear now and then, and when they did, Thane included it. That's the only complaint I have about the reissues, and it only seems to be "Dawn's Early Light" that is affected. I still have my mother's copy and reread it about every year or two.
Quendant
Colonial Williamsburg. Citizens taking sides, even splitting families--some loyal to the king, even though the Declaration of Independence has been signed. A young man arrives from London so his father can teach there, but the father dies on the way over. Now what? He becomes involved with the lives and troubles of townspeople. He ends up changing his loyalties, but he is quite dense about someone who has cared for him for years. His journal becomes a vehicle to dispense some of the history.
Asyasya
This warm account of the struggles of several fictional characters during the Revolutionary War time period brings to life the setting and the real-life people in a believable way. It's well written in an old-fashioned style, but if you can get over the writer's use of semi-colons and so forth, you'll be drawn in to the tale. Just be patient with the first few chapters; like many good books, it take several pages just to set the scene.
Kulwes
I love the series that Elswyth Thane wrote about. This is the first book in this series and it is one of my favorite series. I highly recommend not only this series, but all the books by Elswyth Thane. There are some very fascinating books. There is one that she wrote about living in a farm in New England during World War II (she couldn't go over there for research) and I found that book fascinating as well. Her books on George Washington, Queen Elizabeth I, and her other novels are worth the money. I'm not quite sure why these books haven't been reprinted, because they are well written, well researched, and enjoyable.
Ddilonyne
This is the first book in one of my favorite series. I gave it 5 stars because I love the storyline so much. HOWEVER, this edition has one of the worst grammar/typing/spacing contents I have seen in a long time. I can read it because I have read the book several times before, so I can interpret the actual word meant from what is typed on the screen. THIS BOOK NEEDS A TOTAL OVERHAUL IN TYPE SETTINGS AND GRAMMAR. Believe me, the original version doesn't look anything like this one. Also, even though I can find the rest of the series on line at Amazon, all of them are listed as not available for purchase. I for one would really hope they become available ASAP. BUT PLEASE RE-EDIT THEM ALL FIRST IF THEY ARE LIKE THIS ONE. AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, PLEASE RE-DO THIS ONE TOO!!!
Elswyth Thane wrote "The Williamsburg Series" over a long period of time. It covers some related families in the United States (first The Colonies) in Virginia and England. We follow them from colonial times up to the early part of WWII. Each book covers a significant event in History, from the Revolutionary War up into WWII and follows the interrelated stories of both families. I wish someone would make a miniseries of THIS series. "Dawn's Early Light" is the first book and includes the Revolutionary War.