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The Seeker   By: (1867-1939)

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The Seeker by Harry Leon Wilson is a delightful novel that takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and adventure. Set in the early 1900s, the story revolves around the charismatic protagonist, Anthony Trent, who is seeking a purposeful existence while grappling with his inner demons.

Wilson's writing style is incredibly engaging, capturing the essence of the era with vivid descriptions and an attention to detail that transports readers back in time. From bustling city streets to opulent mansions, every scene is meticulously crafted, creating a believable and immersive world.

The character development in The Seeker is exceptional, particularly for Anthony Trent. Trent is a complex and enigmatic figure, eluding easy categorization. As he wanders from place to place, assuming various aliases, readers are constantly challenged to uncover the truth behind his intentions. Wilson expertly weaves together layers of mystery and intrigue, leaving the reader desperate to know Trent's real identity and motivations.

Additionally, the supporting characters in the novel are equally well-drawn and memorable. From the charming con artist, Popinot, to the ambitious and intelligent Elsie Vanderpoel, each individual adds their own unique flair to the narrative, serving as both allies and obstacles for Trent along his quest.

The themes explored in The Seeker are thought-provoking, delving into the concepts of identity, personal growth, and the pursuit of happiness. Wilson effortlessly tackles these profound ideas, presenting them in a way that resonates deeply with readers. The novel's overarching message of the importance of finding one's own path in life is both uplifting and inspiring.

One aspect that may be seen as a drawback of The Seeker is the occasionally slow pacing. At times, the story unfolds leisurely, meandering through non-essential events and conversations. However, this can also be viewed as a reflection of Trent's own wandering nature, adding depth to his character and the overall narrative.

Overall, The Seeker is a captivating and engaging read that will leave readers pondering their own journey through life. With its well-crafted setting, complex characters, and profound exploration of personal identity, Harry Leon Wilson's novel is a must-read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and introspective narratives.

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Author of The Spenders The Lions of the Lord, etc.

Illustrated by Rose Cecil O'Neill

New York Doubleday, Page & Company


[Illustration: "My dear, Bernal is saying good bye!"]




"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?" Holy Writ.

"John and Peter and Robert and Paul God, in His wisdom, created them all. John was a statesman and Peter a slave, Robert a preacher and Paul was a knave. Evil or good, as the case might be, White or colored, or bond or free, John and Peter and Robert and Paul God, in His wisdom, created them all."

The Chemistry of Character.



BOOK ONE The Age Of Fable


I. How the Christmas Saint was Proved

II. An Old Man Faces Two Ways

III. The Cult of the Candy Cane

IV. The Big House of Portents

V. The Life of Crime Is Appraised and Chosen

VI. The Garden of Truth and the Perfect Father

VII. The Superlative Cousin Bill J.

VIII. Searching the Scriptures

IX. On Surviving the Idols We Build

X. The Passing of the Gratcher; and Another

XI. The Strong Person's Narrative

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