Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Trees
Conrad Richter


The Trees is the story of an American family in the wilderness – a family that “followed the woods as some families follow the sea.” The time is the end of the 18th century, the wilderness is the land west of the Alleghenies and north of the Ohio River. But principally, The Trees is the story of a girl named Sayward, eldest daughter of Worth and Jary Luckett, raised in the forest far from the rest of humankind, yet growing to realize that the way of the hunter must cede to the way of the tiller of soil..

This is the first part of Richter’s trilogy of frontier life in Ohio, The Awakening Land. When volume three, The Town, was published, Richter was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Paperback, 176pp
Ohio University Press, 1991 (1940)
ISBN 9780821409787