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Short Stories

Short Stories

by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Admirers of Rawlings's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Yearling and her other novels should welcome this first collection of all but two of her short works, most originally published in the New Yorker , the Saturday Evening Post and Scribner's Magazine between 1928 and 1953. The stories, some only a couple of pages long, are presented in order of publication and come together piece by piece like the blocks of a simple homespun guilt. From the early ``Jacob's Ladder'' to ``A Mother in Mannville'' and ``Fish Fry and Fireworks,'' Rawlings sharpened her storytelling skills and deepened her understanding of the backwoods world of her Florida neighbors and the African Americans who worked for them. She had a knack for setting each scene with a few homey details, putting the reader right inside the story. Dialect, colorful but always intelligible, was used to great effect. In ``Cracker Chidlings'' Fatty Blake critiques his neighbor's Brunswick Stew: `` `I was born and raised in Floridy and I'm pertickler. I don't want no squirrel eyes lookin' at me out o' my rations!' '' Tarr's introduction provides essential background to set these stories in the context of the time and Rawlings's efforts to face her own feelings about race. ``Black Secret,'' her last work on the subject, won an O. Henry Prize, as did ``Gal Young Un.'' Illustrations. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Although Rawlings is best known for her 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Yearling , which is largely considered to be a children's book, she wrote a substantive body of short stories that highlight her powers of observation, ironic wit, and keen eye for detail. These stories are steeped in the locale of the Florida backwoods, yet the themes are universal, and although Rawlings was not a feminist, her female characters are feisty and do not suffer lightly indignities imposed by men (for example, in ``Gal Young Un''). Rawlings was a purveyor of justice, which is evident in her treatment of male characters and her sensitivity to the plight of blacks. In 1940, she attained the height of her success, yet there is still appeal for modern readers in her focus on the triumph of the human spirit. Patrons of literature collections in public and academic libraries will find this work of interest.-- Mary Ellen Beck, Troy P.L., N.Y.

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University Press of Florida
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