Voices from the Grave #56: Louis Bromfield and Malabar Farm

This video is a bit different, as it does not feature the writer’s voice. It’s a documentary clip about Ohio native Louis Bromfield. He and my mom share a hometown (Mansfield). I actually lived in the area until we moved to Columbus when I was 9; several of my close family members still reside in this corner of Richland County. I grew up going to Malabar Farm, swooning equally over its Hollywood connection (Bogie and Bacall were married there) and Bromfield’s status as a major  writer (he won a Pulitzer Prize). I hope you’ll bear with me and watch the video in its entirety, as it perfectly captures this great Ohioan’s contributions to literature and film and, most importantly, the development of conservation and agriculture practices that helped save American farming.

4 thoughts on “Voices from the Grave #56: Louis Bromfield and Malabar Farm

  1. I just learn something new every day and you are a fount of information. How beautiful a farm – paradise really. I thought about how we can have different dreams and talents and how rich his life must have been to be a farmer and a writer.


    • Hehe, thanks! Bromfield really did seem to have everything: success as a writer (including a Pulitzer), screenwriter, and farmer, incredibly famous and influential friends (even more famous and influential than he was), and a lovely farm just outside of his hometown. Not bad, not bad at all.


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