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Moser, Barry.

ISBN 10: 0316585416 / ISBN 13: 9780316585415
Published by Boston: Little Brown, 1992. dj, 1992
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. A traditional English ballad retold in an Appalachian setting and illustrated by Moser with paintings of transparent watercolors on handmade paper. Very near fine in a like dustjacket (inconspicuous remainder line.). Bookseller Inventory # 22038

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Publisher: Boston: Little Brown, 1992. dj

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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In a beautifully illustrated rendition of an old British ballad, retold in an American setting, sweethearts Polly Vaughn and Jimmy Randall are separated by a family feud and tragedy, but their love transcends all obstacles.

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Grade 4 Up-- Montagues and Capulets, Hatfields and McCoys, Randalls and Vaughns: echoing literary history, Jimmy Randall proposes to childhood sweetheart Polly Vaughn, despite a longstanding family feud. A week before their wedding day, mistaking his bride for a deer, Jimmy accidentally kills her and is brought to trial for murder. Polly's ghost is the only one to defend Jimmy and the lovers are reunited only in death. Moser fleshes out an Appalachian ballad with full characters and a vivid setting. After a few cloying kidbits and countryisms, such as ``kinleygarten,'' ``chile,'' ``Jimmer,'' he lets the story, as good stories will, tell itself. Dark watercolor character studies are typical of Moser's impeccable style. Artistic in every way, the illustrations, layout, print, even the paper are an experience in fine bookmaking. The redheaded lovers are not pretty, just real, almost breathing. The traditional ballad came from England and Ireland where it was known as ``Molly Bawn.'' Moser quotes two lines from one version in his afterword. Complete words and music would have been a plus, but all those who enjoy a romantic ghost story will never forget Polly Vaughn. --Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI
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