The Harvester is one of Gene Stratton-Porter's romantic vels which combine a love of nature, lofty ideals and an interesting plot. This book is the enthralling story of a young man who lives in the country side with his dog and other animals and grows herbs to sell to medical drug supply houses. Gene Stratton-Porter (August 17, 1863 - December 6, 1924) was an American author, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and one of the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company. She wrote some best-selling vels and well-received columns in national magazines, such as McCalls. Her works were translated into several languages, including Braille, and Stratton-Porter was estimated to have had 50 million readers around the world. She used her position and income as a well-kwn author to support conservation of Limberlost Swamp and other wetlands in the state of Indiana. Her vel A Girl of the Limberlost was adapted four times as a film, most recently in 1990 in a made-for-TV version.