The third of Mary Ellen Chase's Maine novels (following Mary Peters and Silas Crockett), Windswept is the romantic and tumultuous saga of a Maine family who makes its home Down East. Spanning six decades, starting in the late nineteenth century, the novel depicts their lives as they meet head on the joys and challenges of the changing and encroaching world and eventually, World War II. Through it all, their home provides the family with a safe haven in which to sink their roots as they strive to nurture their humanity and spirituality, all the while surrounded by the natural beauty of the Maine coast. Windswept was a national bestseller and the biggest seller of Chase's career.


  • Written by Mary Ellen Chase

    Binding: Softcover

    Pages: 387

    Genre: Fiction

    Ages: All

    ISBN: 978-0-9763231-6-7

    Publication Date: 2006

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.99

    Shipping Weight: 01.06 lbs.

  • Mary Ellen Chase (1887-1973) was born and raised in Blue Hill, Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota before serving thirty years as a leading faculty member at Smith College in Massachusetts. She wrote more than thirty books, many using her cherished Maine heritage as the setting, capturing the unique spirit and chronicling a way of life for generations. Her three most important novels set in Maine were Mary Peters (1934), Silas Crockett (1935), and Windswept (1941). Windswept was a national bestseller and the most successful book of Chase’s writing career.

    In addition to fiction, Chase wrote three autobiographical works that detail her background and early experiences: A Goodly Heritage (1932), A Goodly Fellowship (1939), and The White Gate: Adventures in the Imagination of a Child (1954).

    In a 1936 interview in the Portland Sunday Telegram, Chase declared that she wrote “largely because I want to acquaint others with the background of Maine life, with the splendid character of Maine people, and with the unsurpassed loveliness of Maine fields, shores, and sea.”


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