Pilgrimage: A Tale of Old Natchez

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"Told with warmth, evoking the distinctive aura of a certain class of Southerners and the lure of a city where Walworth descendants may be found today." --Publishers Weekly

"The depiction of the antebellum years calls to mind John Jakes' best seller, North and South. Jakes' novel, however, does not depict the human issues of the time as honestly as Pilgrimage does." --Mississippi Magazine

"Collier writes of this loving home and its inhabitants with great familiarity and warmth." --Southern Living

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Overview

"Told with warmth, evoking the distinctive aura of a certain class of Southerners and the lure of a city where Walworth descendants may be found today." --Publishers Weekly

"The depiction of the antebellum years calls to mind John Jakes' best seller, North and South. Jakes' novel, however, does not depict the human issues of the time as honestly as Pilgrimage does." --Mississippi Magazine

"Collier writes of this loving home and its inhabitants with great familiarity and warmth." --Southern Living

Based upon the family history of John Walworth and author Louise Wilbourn Collier, Pilgrimage: A Tale of Old Natchez is the bittersweet saga of the family's struggle to survive the devastation of War and-even more difficult-the subsequent cultural and social changes that followed. Tracing the years from 1830 to 1930, this is a generational tale that relates not only the effect the Civil War had upon this family but also upon the historic town of Natchez and its surroundings.
The singular focus of this work is The Burn, one of Natchez's most-adored homes. A family estate for more than a century, it serves as the backdrop for the story. From its halls Collier spins her story of the ways in which the home and its people faced the transformation as told by Aunt Clara, a war-made spinster whose purpose is to maintain the genealogical threads of the family.

Louise Wilbourn Collier was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1925. Growing up in the Great Depression and moving frequently, Ms. Collier looked to The Burn as a "true home." She married John Stuart Collier in 1953 and raised
4 children. Two decades later at the encouragement of her cousin, Margaret Wynn, Collier began to write the stories that would become Pilgrimage. With her book in its third printing and another book in consideration, she resides with her husband in Memphis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565540644
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Pelican Pouch ed
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,463,390
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Collier learned of her family's history by listening to her two great-aunts. She then began producing a compilation of tales that spanned multiple generations of the Walworth family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Walworth family's struggle through the Civil War at The Burn.

    Probably the most human and accurate account of what it was like to be a Southern Planter before, during and after the Civil War. Deals with the real issues of the time from the historical perspective. Takes place in Natchez, MS at one of the most revered mansions, The Burn (Today an excellent Bed & Breakfast)

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