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Blood of My Blood

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan;Meriwether, Anne Blythe

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ISBN 10: 0813024439 / ISBN 13: 9780813024431
Published by Univ Pr of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A., 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Blood of My Blood

Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Written in 1928, the year Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moved to Cross Creek, her autobiographical first novel, Blood of My Blood, was never published. Its existence was unknown to her contemporaries - including Max Perkins, her editor at Scribner's. Blood of My Blood is a portrait of the young artist very nearly ruined by egotism and through being alternately pushed and spoiled by her mother Ida. It is also a tender tribute to her father Arthur and a moving account of their relationship. But always at the center of the story is the intense love and hate that flamed back and forth between mother and daughter. Blood of My Blood reveals not only the painful process of maturation for a creative but tormented mind but also the steady growth of an artist. There are wonderful descriptions of the natural world, people, objects, and - uniquely for Rawlings - of the big city and city-dwellers. Born in Washington, D.C., and reared there until her graduation from high school in 1914, Rawlings' descriptions of the city are historically charming, and her depiction of the society where class distinctions were shaved wafer thin is remarkable for its pertinence nearly a century later.

About the Author:

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953) is best known for her Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel The Yearling and her nonfiction narrative Cross Creek, both of which have been made into motion pictures. Anne Blythe Meriwether is an independent literary scholar whose work includes publications on Kate Chopin, Elizabeth Allston Pringle, and William Gilmore Simms. Her productions with SCETV include the film South Carolina Women Writers from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century and the audio series Tall Tales from the Hunter's Camp: Two Stories by William Gilmore Simms.

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