Louis Bromfield was born in Ohio in 1896 and educated at Cornell and Columbia Universities. An ambulance driver and interpreter in France during WWI, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre. On his return to the US he formed part of the original staff on Time magazine.
His first novel, The Green Bay Tree, was published in 1924. A year later, he moved to Paris with his family, and became friends with Scott Fitzgerald, Somerset Maugham and Edith Wharton. In 1938 the Bromfields returned to Ohio, where they bought a 1000-acre farm which became a productive showcase for Louis’s environmental ideas. He pioneered organic farming and advocated a return to a simpler way of life, recording his experiences and knowledge in his classic Malabar Farm.
His reputation was established with his early novels, particularly the four books in the Escape series. A prolific and highly original writer, he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the O. Henry Award.