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Reap the Wild Wind

August 6th, 2015 by Piper Smith

Written by Thelma Strabel, originally appeared in serial form, spread all over six issues of the Saturday Evening Post from April to June in 1940. This was a common practice at the time, with many famous writers such as Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis L’Amour, C.S. Lewis and John Steinbeck contributing stories and essays to the post.  Even Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea first appeared in Life magazine. The Saturday Evening Post was first published in August of 1829 but claimed roots in the Pennsylvania Gazette founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1728. The Post featured a wide variety of articles ranging from current events to human interest stories alongside cartoons, editorials and quite frequently original literature commissioned for the magazine – coupled with lavish illustrations by well-known artists.


Reap the Wild Wind takes on the story of a Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy. This motion picture has stars such as John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, and Ray Milland in it.