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Rawls was an unlikely bestselling author. She taught the kids to read and write as best she could; the children would take turns reading aloud to the group from whatever books she could get.
When a school finally did open nearby, Rawls and his siblings had to wade across a river to get to class, and it was only open during summer months. Rawls put in four years at this modest school and later spent a few months in high school before the Depression forced him to get a job.
But one day, his mother brought home a book that changed his life: The story of a man and his dog resonated with him, and he began to dream of writing a book like it someday.
Although Rawls knew he wanted to be a writer from the time he was 9 or 10 years old, his unpolished command of spelling and punctuation doomed him in the eyes of prospective publishers.
He wrote five manuscripts, including what would become Where the Red Fern Grows, but they were too rough to be published.
Rawls burned all of his manuscripts. Rawls eventually settled into life as a carpenter and moved to Idaho to work at a defense installation. While there, he met his wife, Sophie. Instead of admitting to Sophie that he secretly dreamed of becoming a writer, Rawls burned everything he had ever written just before they were married.
However, a few months later he confessed everything to Sophie, and she encouraged him to write again. In longhand, he replicated the story of a young boy and his hunting dogs. Rawls rewrote the book in three weeks—completely from memory.
All that was left of the original manuscript were charred remains, but Rawls knew the story by heart. He wrote nonstop for three weeks and absolutely refused to let anyone, even Sophie, read it until it was finished.
He handed the manuscript over to Sophie and went to town for the day while she read. Rawls was sure Sophie would hate the novel. The finished product showed husband-and-wife teamwork. Since Sophie had formal education, she helped Rawls smooth out the spelling and grammar.
Sophie typed it up, and together they delved into the world of publishing. It was originally published in the Saturday Evening Post. In the tale was published as a three-part series titled The Hounds of Youth.urbanagricultureinitiative.com: One 48 Inch 88 Branch Artificial Boston Fern Bush Plant Arrangement: Home & Kitchen.
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