This is a long overdue book that will prove enthralling and enlightening to anyone with ties to Maine. Not merely because it offers concise glimpses of such well-known figures as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Winslow Homer, Edna St. Vincent Millay, but because it sheds light on such relatively unknown people as the nations first black Catholic bishop and Captain Joseph Sewall.
The men and women profiled here all helped shape the Maine we know today. Some are still shaping it. All responded to its uniqueness and left their marks on its face, whether hewn into the rock of its coastline or into the trees of its great inland forests. They are our ancestors and our heritage.
This book was not written for any particular age group, simply because the people profiled here merit the attention of all who value the Maine heritage and traditions. It should be an invaluable addition to classroom curriculae, as well as to the bedside reading table.
And anyone who has presumed Maine to be a "backward" state that has not produced its fair share of national and international leaders, from politics and art to boxing and music, is about to learn how very wrong they have been.