The Osage Orange Tree: A Story by William Stafford

The Osage Orange Tree: A Story by William Stafford


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The Osage Orange Tree, a never-before-published story by beloved poet William Stafford, is about young love complicated by misunderstanding and the insecurity of adolescence, set against the backdrop of poverty brought on by the Great Depression. The narrator recalls a girl he once knew. He and Evangeline, both shy, never find the courage to speak to each other in high school. Every evening, however, Evangeline meets him at the Osage orange tree on the edge of her property. He delivers a newspaper to her, and they talk—and as the year progresses a secret friendship blossoms. This magical coming-of-age tale is brought to life through linocut illustrations by Oregon artist Dennis Cunningham, with an afterword by poet Naomi Shihab Nye, a personal friend of Stafford’s.

In the tradition of the work of great fiction writers like Steinbeck, O’Connor, and Welty, The Osage Orange Tree stands the test of time, not just as an ode to a place and a generation but as a testament to the resilience of a nation and the strength of the human heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595341846
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dennis Cunningham is a printmaker with a long history of exhibitions, awards, public art works, and publications. He has taught at Marylhurst University since 1986. According to Cunningham, his work is grounded in “my awareness as a child that I wanted to be an artist. Everything I have done in the past forty years stems from that optimistic vision of my place in the world. I continue to hold that childhood desire: it nourishes me every day I work.”

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