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The Harvester

Gene Stratton-Porter

Book Overview: 

The Harvester is one of Gene Stratton-Porter’s romantic novels which combine a love of nature, high moral ideals and a good plot.

This is the story of a young man who lives in the country side with his dog and other animals and grows herbs to sell to medical drug supply houses.

One evening, he has a vision of his Dream Girl and this is the story of his search for her and what happens when he finds her.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . while to be on the lookout, and if she goes anywhere to find out all they can. They could make an excuse of putting her address on her ticket envelope, and get it that way. See the baggagemen. Post the day police on Main Street. There is no chance for her to escape you. A full-grown woman doesn't vanish. How did she act when she got off the car? Did she appear familiar?"

"No. She was a stranger. For an instant she looked around as if she expected some one, then she followed the crowd. There must have been an automobile waiting or she took a street car. Something whirled her out of sight in a few seconds."

"Well we will get her in range again. Now for the most minute description you can give."

The Harvester hesitated. He did not care to describe the Dream Girl to any one, much less the living, suffering face and poorly clad form of the reality.

"Cut out your scruples," laughed the doctor. "You have asked me to help you; how ca. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Three and a half stars. This book started out slow and was a hard for me to get into at first but the story definitely picked up in the second half of the book. I had a hard time placing the setting and time period so it was an unsettling read. At first I was a little worried about the main chara...more

Please don't let my wife read this book - I would never hear the end of it. The reader should remember that David Langston, Porter's Harvester, was, after all, only a fictional character. He never really existed.

Having said that, I was mesmerized by the sweep, intensity and energy of this book....more

My husband thought we should read this book at the same time. His mother read it to him in his youth, and he thought it helped shape his view of how women should be treated.

I loved this book! The Harvester is such a wonderful character, an ideal man. He is noble, caring, patient, smart . . . I co...more

I read this because it was selected as the quarterly classic group read in one of the groups I'm in. The story is about a man, David Langston who is the harvester. He harvests wild plants for medicines. He lives a simple life with his dog and his plants. One day he has this dream of a woman and k...more

David Langston is The Harvester. Content to live a simple life with his dog and the thought of complicating it with a woman brings on a panic attack…. Until…. The vision of her changed his life. David didn’t know her name or even where she was but he knew that she would be his wife and started pr...more

David Langston lives alone in the Medicine Woods, where he cultivates and harvests plants used for medicines and sells them to doctors and drug companies. His neighbors call him lazy because he hasn't drained his lake and planted corn; really he is hard-working and well versed in the ways of the...more

I adore this Limberlost book. It is different from the other two Limberlost books in many ways but it's so very ethereal and beautiful.

Where was this book when I was 14 years old? I needed this book back then. I'll tell you where it was-- probably out of print! I read the GSP books that I could...more

I thought Laddie would always be my favorite Gene Stratton Porter book...I was wrong. I picked up a worn, weather beaten copy of the Harvester which was published in 1911. It belonged to my husbands grandmother and I have wanted to read it for years, but feared I would ruin it. Yesterday, I gentl...more

This is a beautiful love story with passion and desire with out the lust. A great commentary on how love is deepened with clean living and heartfelt service. Move over Mr Darcy, David Langston is a man with strength, honesty, and straightforwardness not to be placed before tenderness, gentleness...more

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