Stock Image

Poems by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Songs of a Housewife

11 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0813014913 / ISBN 13: 9780813014913
Published by University Press of Florida, 1997
New Condition: New Hardcover
From Prompt Shipping/ Quality Books (Bay, AR, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since April 7, 2015 Seller Rating 4-star rating

Quantity Available: 1

Buy New
Price: US$ 78.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

BEST BUY⠦⠦⠦⠦.BRAND NEW BOOK⠦⠦⠦.OFX/DD/UPFL. Bookseller Inventory # 604384

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Poems by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Songs of ...

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

About this title

Synopsis:

"A fascinating tapestry woven from the lives of women who had won the right to vote a mere six years earlier. In Songs of a Housewife, we hear the voice of an emerging feminist, a voice that stubbornly and--given the political climate of the 1920s--courageously insists that women be respected. Fans of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings will be surprised and ultimately delighted by this long overdue collection."--Connie May Fowler, author of Sugar Cage and Before Women Had Wings

"Makes available for the first time [the] early work of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. . . . Reveals themes, attitudes, phrases, habits of speech . . . and a predilection for irony that characterizes [her] later work."—Peggy W. Prenshaw, Louisiana State University

"Rawlings’s poetry is surprisingly good. . . . solid, traditional poetry about subjects that will never go out of fashion."—Joel Myerson, University of South Carolina

More than a decade before writing The Yearling and Cross Creek, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a young housewife-journalist living in Rochester, New York.  In 1926, the Rochester Times-Union did a trial run of her column-in-verse, Songs of a Housewife.  To the editor’s surprise, the column proved immensely popular; over the next two years, Rawlings published a poem a day, six days a week, and gained a wide syndication.  When she moved to Florida in 1928, however, the poems were forgotten and--until this collection of roughly half of them--never reprinted.
In the 250 poems collected here, Rawlings presents homespun advice on such subjects as the trials and tribulations of being a cook, mother, friend, relative, and neighbor.  She dedicates many to her favorite subjects: gardening, cooking, pets, and nature.  Throughout, her goal is to entertain, to educate, and to give a voice to the housewife who sees her role as a creative and important one.  In the process, of course, she also invariably reveals a great deal about herself, and devoted readers will be curious to see how the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings they know and love is evident here, in these early and spirited poems.
Because little is known about Rawlings’s life during this period, Songs of a Housewife is valuable as commentary on her evolving attitudes as a woman and as a writer, and many of the same themes appear in her later works.  As a reflection of the life of a middle-class woman struggling to carve out an independent and fulfilling role for herself, these poems also offer a rare insight into the life of women in the late 1920s.

Rodger L. Tarr is University Distinguished Professor of English at Illinois State University.  His most recent publications are Short Stories of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (UPF, 1994) and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: A Descriptive Bibliography (1996).

Review:

This charming collection of poems that Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling, Cross Creek) wrote in the 1920s were so popular that they appeared one-a-day in a New York newspaper for two full years. Organized by task, the poems graphically depict the life of a housewife (mending, baking, dusting, and the joy of a sunny window) with wisdom and humor. In the days before convenience stores and microwaves, Rawlings reminds us of the horror of having company show up with nothing fixed to feed them. Or in a more timeless vein, the disdain a harried mother feels for the neighbor who has all her Christmas shopping done and wrapped early. Songs of a Housewife is one of a kind.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

. Providing high quality service, with a guaranteed satisfaction with your purchase or your money back. We strive for excellence and look forward to working with you as a customer/client.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.


Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 1 business day. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express