St. Lawrence University

“Adirondack Characters” is a broad grouping of books, united by an emphasis on a character that is, in some way, distinctly “Adirondack.”

Perhaps the best example of this is Uncle Eben Holden in Irving Bacheller’s (SLU class of 1882) famous work of the same name (yes! the building on campus is named after him!). Eben is characterized by strong morals, excellent wilderness skills, a love for nature and a certain goofy, happy charm. Even his speech is distinctly Adirondack, an aspect of characterization in many of Bacheller’s books. Although the values and mannerisms of the characters in this genre vary greatly, they are all fundamentally centered on the people of the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Characters