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Xlibris author unveils rich parallelism of wor1d described in Shelley's sonnet

Ellie Stiller McClure brings back to life 1800’s Missouri with the release through Xlibris of her novel, Ozymandia. McClure revisits history through the eyes of three different people caught in the events shifting and shaping young America.

Ozymandia follows the affairs that ultimately ensue from the meeting of three families from three different walks of life who find themselves in the shifting world of Southeastern Missouri. Jacob and his family crossed the Atlantic from Hamburg, leaving behind a rich culture for a hawker’s promises of the New World. Tin Cup was a Cherokee uprooted from his ancestral lands and sent west by the United States government with his family. George escaped the African-American fate of slavery only to become a Cherokee servant. He was a pragmatist, not just a man of his time but a man of the future.

In this bygone world, McClure skillfully portrays the events that radiate from this fateful convergence of cultures and lives. A parallelism of that world described so well in the sonnet OZYMANDIAS by the English poet Percy B. Shelley, from which McClure derives her title, Ozymandia is a thoughtful exploration of the impetuses that drive ambitions found in all levels of society, from the powers-that-be to the laborer and the marginalized, and the irreversible consequences that radiate from these ambitions. The adventurous young and the more informed of readers will enjoy.

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About the Author
Ellie Stiller McClure is of immigrant descent. Her mother came from Ireland, poor but real proper-like; her father came from Germany, not poor, a fourteen-year-old who simply hopped ship one day in Hamburg and set off to see the world. Ellie was born in St.Louis and promptly named after a famous cow Elsie which belonged to a large local dairy. This made for a really tough childhood since little brother strutted around as Alexander "de gwate". McClure moved to Utah following her marriage. She is a graduate of USU and a retired teacher of mathematics who worked for many years in the R&D of the space industry. Today McClure lives in Montana with her husband Jack, a retired submariner who sailed the world, saw much, did much but says very little about his travels.

OZYMANDIA * by Ellie Stiller McClure
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 202 pages; 978-1-4415-6500-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 202 pages; 978-1-4415-6501-3

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For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit http://www.Xlibris.com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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