The Splendid Outcast

Overview

Readers of Beryl Markham's lyrical autobiography, WEST WITH THE NIGHT, will enjoy THE SPLENDID OUTCAST, a collection of her short stories, originally published in magazines.

The stories reflect her interests; horses, aviation, Africa. Several spring from real events--bidding at a horse auction, flying through a violent storm, a lion's attack. Others are romances and adventures, typical of the war years when they were written. All are set against the backdrop of an Africa with ...

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Overview

Readers of Beryl Markham's lyrical autobiography, WEST WITH THE NIGHT, will enjoy THE SPLENDID OUTCAST, a collection of her short stories, originally published in magazines.

The stories reflect her interests; horses, aviation, Africa. Several spring from real events--bidding at a horse auction, flying through a violent storm, a lion's attack. Others are romances and adventures, typical of the war years when they were written. All are set against the backdrop of an Africa with which she was on intimate terms.

"Full of her offbeat adventures in Africa, Markham emerges from them as a woman of finely tuned observation, as well as courage, cunning and vulnerability." (The New York Times)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Written in the '40s for magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal and Collier's, these eight stories belong both to their time and to their author, the aviatrix and horse-trainer whose bestselling West with the Nightdetailing her 1936 solo flight east to west across the Atlanticwas recently reissued. About horses, flying and romance, the early autobiographical stories in particular are vivid with details of African custom and landscape gleaned from the author's early life in Kenya. The last four stories, more obviously fictional and broadly romantic, are likely collaborative efforts of Markham with either her third husband, writer Raoul Schumacher, or her friend and fellow writer, Stuart Cloete; they are more commercial and less satisfying. That this accomplished woman wrote tales so determinedly romantic seems rather odd; yet, as Mary S. Lovell observes in helpful and clearly written introductions, such was the magazine market in those war years. West with the Night and this volume comprise Markham's known written work. (October 1)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816194742

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