Malabar produce with Louis Bromfield

Louis Bromfield is shown here in front of his farm produce stand across the road from the Big House in Lucas.

LOUDONVILLE — The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum’s virtual Speaker Series continues this month with an in-depth look at Louis Bromfield, one of north central Ohio’s most famous authors, with special guest Stephen Heyman.

Bromfield was a World War I ambulance driver, a Paris expat, and a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist as famous in his day as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. But he cashed in his literary success to finance a wild agrarian dream in his native Ohio.

The ideas he planted at his utopian experimental farm, Malabar, would inspire America’s first generation of organic farmers and popularize the tenets of environmentalism.

Stephen Heyman

Stephen Heyman

Bromfield is a lost icon of American culture; a fascinating, hilarious and unclassifiable character who ― between writing and plowing ― also dabbled in global politics and high society.

Through it all, he fought for an agriculture that would enrich the soil and protect the planet. While Bromfield’s name has faded into obscurity, his mission seems more critical today than ever before.

Stephen Heyman is the author of The Planter of Modern Life, the first major biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, farmer and environmentalist Louis Bromfield.

He was formerly a features editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. His column charting international culture ran in the NYT’s global edition from 2013 to 2015. In addition to the Times, his articles have appeared in Esquire, Slate, Travel & Leisure, Vogue, W and The Wall Street Journal.

In 2018, he was named a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar.

This free, virtual program will be held live at 7 p.m. on Monday Nov. 16, with a Q&A to follow. In order to watch, broadcast links to both Youtube and Facebook are posted on Please note that connection quality depends on your own network — it's suggested viewers should watch from a computer or TV instead of a mobile device, with a wired connection if possible.

Anyone with questions regarding how to join the live broadcast or subscribe to future events is encouraged to call the museum at 419-994-4050, or visit Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.

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