The Private Marjorie: The Love Letters of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to Norton S. Baskin

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Dezember 2004



This extraordinary trove of letters offers the most intimate portrait available of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist best known as the author of The Yearling, Cross Creek, and South Moon Under. Rawlings was one of Scribner's best-selling novelists of the 1940s and a protegee of their famous editor Maxwell E. Perkins. The letters, written to her second husband Norton S. Baskin from 1938 to her death in 1953, present a sharply drawn picture of the nation as it struggled through the end of the Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the Cold War era and of her intriguing life that ranged from the Florida scrub to the New York literary scene. Above all, they reveal the temperamental writer at her most human--candid, bawdy, lonely, insecure, generous, and always fortified by her love for Baskin. Their relationship was deep and abiding but not without upheaveal, pain, and complications. They lived apart as much as they lived together, and during the writing of these letters Rawlings was an international celebrity. Baskin shared Marjorie with the world and she shared with him her views on life as a writer and as a woman in a man's world. For nearly 18 months during his wartime service, she wrote him a letter every day--an epistolary diary of her personal and professional tragedies and triumphs. The letters are especially lively when Rawlings chronicles her life at Cross Creek, her home in remote north-central Florida. Her language in these letters reveals her tough, enigmatic personality. She was sometimes unkind, particularly when it came to comments about her black workers, whom she championed in the abstract but often cursed in person. She dealt in thesame way with her cracker neighbors, whom she treated with uncommon charity at times and with contempt at others. The letters also describe friendships with Perkins and with her publisher, Charles Scribner III, and his daughter Julia, her unofficial goddaughter and later her l


Rodger L. Tarr, University Distinguished Professor emeritus of English at Illinois State University, is the editor of Short Stories of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: A Descriptive Biography, Poems of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Max and Marjorie: The Correspondence between Maxwell E. Perkins and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

EAN: 9780813027838
ISBN: 0813027837
Untertitel: First. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2004
Seitenanzahl: 720 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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