|Perley: The True Story of a New Hampshire Hermit
by Sheila Swett Thompson ISBN 978-0-9724478-8-1 $14.00 + $3.00 P&H.
"Sheila Swett tells a story of ambition, passion, land lust, failure, bitterness,
anger, but in the end redemption in old age, and in a prose style that
clicks along like a fast-paced novel. This book is a great read!"
- Advance praise for Perley by award-winning author Ernest Hebert.
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"Sheila Swett Thompson gives us the answers for one of the Monadnock Region's most colorful characters, Perley Swett, known locally and nationally as "the Hermit of Taylor Pond." Her exhaustive research into Perley's life and insight into his character (as his granddaughter) has produced a flowing narrative that shows that those who lived deep in the Stoddard, New Hampshire woods during what we might think of as "simpler times," hardly led simple lives! The author paints a rich picture of life on a home farm, the events that shaped Perley's view of the world and the forces that led him into self-imposed exile. The result is history kept...and poignantly presented." - Bob Weekes
My grandfather, Perley Swett, dug his own grave,
both literally and figuratively. Born during the harsh winter of
1888 in a sparsely populated corner of Stoddard, New Hampshire, he began
a journey from cradle to grave that would never take him far from his roots.
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