By Monte Wilson:
“America’s greatest popular author. His novels of the nineteenth century are precious treasures of American literature. Roe served as a chaplain and war correspondent for the Union army during the Civil War. After the war he served as pastor at the Highland Falls (N.Y) Presbyterian Church.
“Roe first turned to a literary career after the Chicago fire of 1871. Deeply moved by the tragedy, he visited Chicago and penned his first novel, Barriers Burned Away, which proved a tremendous success. After his novel, Opening a Chestnut Burr, he realized a new calling and resigned his pastorate.
“Roe married Anna Paulina Sands and was the father of five children. He and his family lived in Cornwall, N.Y. on the beautiful Hudson River. It was there he died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of fifty after an evening reading aloud to his family.
“My friend, Janet, introduced me to E.P.Roe several years ago (for which she has my undying gratitude), and he quickly became my favorite author. Finding his books is like finding buried treasure. Look for them! I possess several and have read the following (I [Monte Wilson] have rated them on a scale of 1 - 10):
Miss Lou (unfinished) - 6
An Original Belle - 6 (This novel is interesting mainly for its take on the Civil War.)
A Young Girl’s Wooing - 7
The Earth Trembled - 7 (Portrays the tensions between the North and South after the Civil War, as well as the terrifying Charleston Earthquakes.)
Knight of the XIX Century - 7 (Very spiritually oriented. Lots of conversions! Yay!)
A Day of Fate - 8
Opening a Chestnut Burr - 9 (Wonderful. I just re-read this one and am upgrading it to a 9.)
Barriers Burned Away - 9 (Thrilling character studies.)
He Fell in Love with His Wife - 9 (An Utter Delight.)
A Face Illumined - 10 (My personal favorite.)
From Jest to Earnest - 10 (The best so far.)