The Time of Man
by Elizabeth Madox Roberts
From the back cover of the 2000 trade paperback edition (University Press of Kentucky):
“Original, powerful, and, without ever verging upon sentimentality, tender.”
—Saturday Review of Literature
“This is a book that embraces life... And it is written in a prose ... at once lucid and arresting, rhythmical, fresh in phrasing and construction, giving always the effect of effortless arrangement.”
—New York Times
Considered her finest work and an American classic, Roberts’s novel traces the coming of age of Ellen Chesser, the daughter of a poor itinerant farmer. Against all privations and the forces that would subdue her, Ellen is sustained by a sense of wonder and by a growing awareness of her own being. Reduced to the bare elements of life, her world becomes a ceremony of daily duties that bind her to the natural world and her family. The Time of Man stands as a beautifully written tribute to the triumph of the human spirit.