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Lockerbie Street

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By: (1849-1916)

Lockerbie Street by James Whitcomb Riley is a heartwarming story that takes readers back to a simpler time in America. Set in the late 19th century, the book follows the lives of the residents of Lockerbie Street, a quaint neighborhood in Indianapolis.

Riley's writing beautifully captures the charm and character of the era, bringing to life a variety of colorful characters who inhabit Lockerbie Street. From the kind-hearted widow who takes in boarders to the mischievous children who roam the streets, each character is unique and endearing in their own way.

The plot of the book is gentle and meandering, much like life on Lockerbie Street itself. There are no grand adventures or dramatic plot twists, but rather a series of vignettes that paint a vivid portrait of everyday life in this close-knit community. Riley's prose is lyrical and evocative, transporting readers to a bygone era with its descriptions of horse-drawn carriages, gas lamps, and Sunday picnics in the park.

Overall, Lockerbie Street is a delightful read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and those who enjoy stories about small-town life. Riley's affection for his characters and the setting shines through on every page, making this book a charming and heartwarming read from start to finish.

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volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Lockerbie Street by James Whitcomb Riley.
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for August 28, 2022.
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James Whitcomb Riley was an American writer and poet, who lived in Indianapolis. Here among his books and his souvenirs, the poet spent his happy and contented days. To reach this restful spot, the pilgrim must journey to Lockerbie Street, a miniature thoroughfare half hidden between two more commanding avenues. It is little more than a lane, shaded, unpaved, and from end to end no longer than a five minutes' walk, but its fame is for all time.


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