A River in Flood and Other Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

A River in Flood and Other Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

by Kevin Mccarthy, Larry Leshan
     
 

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About Nine Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas:

"Written as entertainment for a mass market . . . crammed with colorful characters, vivid incidents and palpable atmosphere. . . . A reminder of a Florida gone by or fast disappearing."--Orlando Sentinel

"Reflects the same concerns found in her better-known non-fiction work

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About Nine Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas:

"Written as entertainment for a mass market . . . crammed with colorful characters, vivid incidents and palpable atmosphere. . . . A reminder of a Florida gone by or fast disappearing."--Orlando Sentinel

"Reflects the same concerns found in her better-known non-fiction work--a fascination with the beauty of Florida and a warning against its imminent destruction."--Tallahassee Democrat

In the pantheon of Florida writers, Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) is cherished as the grande dame. Famous as the author of The Everglades: River of Grass, prolific as a writer, and passionate as an environmental crusader for almost a century, she became the nation's best link to a remarkable era in Florida history.

 The timeless themes of her stories in this new collection resonate with interest for readers today. Whether the subject is hurricanes, cockfighting, real estate deals, struggling immigrants, or corruption in the Everglades, Douglas wrote about it with distinction--and usually first. Originally published in the Saturday Evening Post during the 1920s and 1930s, the golden age of the short story, these nine works have never before been collected or available in one place.

 Kevin M. McCarthy, who edited the companion volume, Nine Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, offers an introduction to each story, explaining its significance, setting, unusual references, place in Douglas's works, and significance to the history of South Florida.

The stories:
"At Home on the Marcel Waves"
"Solid Mahogany"
"Goodness Gracious, Agnes"
"A River in Flood"
"The Mayor of Flamingo"
"Stepmother"
"You Got to Go, But You Don't Have to Come Back"
"High-Goal Man"
"Wind Before Morning"

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Published on the occasion of Douglas's death this year at the age of 108, this retrospective collection gathers the early work of the Everglades literary patroness. Douglas (The Everglades: River of Grass), a naturalist who wrote steadily through the 20th century, published these nine stories in the Saturday Evening Post between 1924 and 1935. "The Mayor of Flamingo" tells of a New Yorker who retreats to wildest Florida, where he cautiously begins a new and rural life. In "Solid Mahogany," an upper-crusty Southern family falls on hard times and must figure out a way to keep afloat. Though Douglas's gaze is at times clouded by sentimentality, she is in the main levelheaded in her documentary and captivating in her storytelling. This collection should solidify Douglas's place as a chronicler of both humans and nature and serve as a reminder that the state now synonymous with retirement communities was once "a wide, dreaming country." Illustrations by Larry Leshan not seen by PW. (Dec.) FYI: Douglas's Nine Florida Stories, published in 1990 and also edited by McCarthy, includes stories from the same period of Douglas's career.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813016238
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Florida Sand Dollar Books Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author


Kevin M. McCarthy, professor of English and Florida studies at the University of Florida, is the author or editor of nineteen other books, including Florida Lighthouses, Florida Stories, and More Florida Stories (published by the University Press of Florida).

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