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Cross Creek Paperback – March 20, 1996
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Rawlings would eventually remarry, and both her second marriage and her literary success would gradually lead her away from both her farm and the Cross Creek community--but she would never leave them entirely, always returning for the inspiration that fed her best works. The property was still in her possession and still in use as both a citrus grove and occasional residence at the time of her sudden death of cerebral hemorrhage in 1953. Rawlings left the it to the University of Florida, and in 1970 the property was turned over to the State of Florida for restoration and management. Restoration was completed in 1996, and while the large citrus grove that once surrounded the farm house has been reduced to a representative portion, visitors can now see the property as it existed in the 1930s and 1940s.
Although Rawlings won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel THE YEARLING and would publish several other novels and short story collections, today her literary reputation rests largely on the book CROSS CREEK, in which she details both her own struggle on the land the lives of the community as she knew it during the 1930s.Read more ›
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings purchased a seventy-two acre orange grove in this remote area and fled her aristocratic life in the city to perfect her craft and get published. It is here all her beloved books would be born, including this memoir covering the years of hardships and beauty at the creek. Rawlings herself would become a part of the earth and land as she was reborn here in Cross Creek and would leave behind literary achievements such as "South Moon Under," "Golden Apples," "When the Whipporwill," "Cross Creek Cookery," and of course, her Pulitzer winning, "The Yearling."
Her close relationships with her neighbors at the creek, both black and white, are told with humor and humanity. Their lives were often filled with hardships but serenity as well, for all of them had chosen to live this kind of life rather than conform to society. Especially poignant are Rawlings' observations of a young destitute couple who would be portrayed so movingly in Jacob's Ladder.
Rawlings' recollections of her friendship with Moe, and especially his daughter Mary, who was Moe's reason for living and the only one in his family who cared when he came or went, are told with such beauty we feel pain ourselves when he takes his last breath at the creek. Her deep friendships over the years with Tom and Old Martha are told with humor, honesty and a gift for description few have ever had.Read more ›
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Excellent book, particularly if you live in the this area of Florida. She does a wonderful job of describing the area and the people in it. Quite an enjoyable read.Published 5 months ago by Joe Swails
If you like slow-moving books with lots of detail, excellent characterization and great choice of words, this book is for you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by bOOKWORM
I haven't finished it yet but so far, it is interesting and informative. Am learning so much about the author and the area in which the book takes place. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sharon Roberts
What a wonderfully eloquent writer. You get the feeling you are there with the author sharing the texture of her daily life and the people who make up her world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Connemara
Very prompt delivery. The book is in good shape with just a couple personal noted information which endeared it to me because it showed the previous owner loves the book, area and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathleen
Fascinating cookbook, especially fun with Me. Railings anecdotes in between the receiptsPublished 6 months ago by Peggy Rounds
A classic book of Southern cooking... and just a good read, too! One of the best, simple cookbooks anywhere.Published 9 months ago by George W. Handlon