Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Women's History Month - Marjorie Holmes

Marjorie Holmes.  A lovely woman from Storm Lake, her work includes titles like Cherry Blossom Princess  and I've got to talk to somebody, God .  How could she write a book that could be the least bit controversial?  In 1972 her novel Two from Galilee : a love story was published.  The Two are Mary and Joseph and the book treated them like real people.  Holmes' fictionalization included characters who weren't in the Bible.  She portrayed Joseph's father as an alcoholic. You can see why this would not sit well with some.  This didn't keep Two from Galilee from the list of Top Ten bestsellers for 1972.  Holmes went on to write Three From Galilee: The Young Man From Nazareth in 1985, and The Messiah in 1987, filling out a trilogy.  Marjorie Holmes, once called "the patron saint of housewives" died in 2002.

Marjorie Holmes Books (some not available to be checked out, can be read in the Central Library)

Sources: Gale Biography in Context
Los Angeles Times

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