"If what we already know were simply applied to all the agricultural land of the world and the problem
Louis Bromfield was born on a farm in the Eastern US. He studied at Cornell Agricultural College and Columbia University, receiving honorary war degree in 1920. During World War I Bromfield joined the American Ambulance Corps and was decorated for his services. After the war he returned to the US and published The Green Bay Tree. He then moved with his wife and daughter to an ancient village north of Paris and devoted himself entirely to writing. In 1932 Bromfield visited India, and the journey inspired his most famous book, The Rains Came. One of the central themes in Bromfield's work is the contrast between city and the country, he saw the farm as a refuge from the mechanized world.