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.