The New York Times called this 1917 novel of three generations of men from the wealthy Penny family in Pennsylvania "an unbroken narrative of stirring realism." The story traces the effects of a love affair over more than a century, against the backdrop of the rise of the steel industry.
About the Author
Joseph Hergesheimer (1880–1954) initially hoped to be a painter, but eventually turned to writing. His study of painting is thought to have informed the pictorial details in his fiction. Admired by H. L. Mencken, Hergesheimer’s reputation wavered – from being voted “most important American writer” in 1922 to being almost unknown at the time of his death. He is best remembered for the novels Three Black Pennies and Java Head.