Lycoming County hardships were an inspiration for famous author

Williamsport Sun-Gazette - 07-15


A famous author spent his formative years in Lycoming County and the White Deer Valley. Conrad Richter experienced struggles growing up in these farmlands and used it later as fodder for novels and writings that would win him a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1951, according to Larry Stout, a local author who recently shared Richter’s experiences and a display of his writings at the James V. Brown Library. Many photographs, rare books and articles appearing in Saturday Evening Post, all related to or by Richter, are in the collection of the Montgomery Historical Society, Stout said.