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Isbn: 978-87-2647-273-8
Publisher: Saga Egmont
Novels 12 -15 years Children's books Historic facsimile
Accessible since: October 2021
Narrator: Donald Cummings
Length: 2 hours 32 minutes


The Blind Brother

First published in 1887, ‘The Blind Brother’ was one of American author Homer Greene’s earliest works. The tale follows the story of two brothers, 14-year-old Tom Taylor and his blind younger brother Bennie, and their experiences while working in the Pennsylvania coal mines. The boy’s father was killed in a mining accident some years previously, and now the brothers must work to make ends meet. A heart-warming story of brotherly love, the novel also gives a vivid insight into the daily life of a mine worker - detailing strikes, gangs and cave-ins.

Homer Greene (1853-1940) was an American author and lawyer from Pennsylvania. Greene began his literary career while still a student at college and wrote both stories and poetry. He wrote for the New York Evening Post, the Albany Evening Journal and the Albany Argus. Greene completed his well-known verse, ‘What My Lover Said’ whilst in his senior year at college. He went on to author a number of novels including ‘Burnham Breaker’, ‘Riverpark Rebellion’ and ‘Pickett’s Gap’. His most well-known story is ‘The Blind Brother: A Story of the Pennsylvania Coal Mines’.

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