A Look Back at the 1800’s Missouri

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Engaging historical novel is an official entry at the 2011 London Book Fair

Bringing back to life 1800’s Missouri, author Ellie Stiller McClure releases through Xlibris, Ozymandia. In this historical novel, she revisits the past 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.

Ozymandia will be featured at the 2011 London Book Fair in London, England, on April 11-13, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Ellie Stiller McClure is of immigrant descent. Her mother came from Ireland, a lady who simply paused here one day to visit relatives as she wended her way to New Zealand. Her father came from Germany, a pampered son who, as a lad of fourteen, hopped shipped one day while visiting Hamburg and sailed away to see the world for the next seventeen years at which time his family stipened was ended. Ellie McClure was born in St.Louis and promptly named Elsie after a famous cow which belonged to a local dairy. Her mother’s laughter and father’s stories made for a happy and informative home-life. Almost. There was little brother who strutted around proclaiming himself as Alexander “de gwate”. McClure is a graduate of USU, a retired teacher of mathematics, who worked for many years in the R&D division of the space industry. Today McClure lives in Montana with her husband Jack, a retired submariner, an officer of the United States Navy, who sailed the world, saw much, heard more, did much, but says very little.

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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