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"The novel draws into focus the battle between tradition and anti-tradition that has been waged with increasing vehemence since the Renaissance. . . .There is no other 'Civil War novel' that can compare with it."--Donald Davidson

"It is the best of Mr. Young's novels. It is in my judgment the best and most completely realized novel of the Deep South in the Civil War."--Ellen Glasgow

About the Author

Mississippian Stark Young was a drama critic, essayist, and the author of four novels, including Heaven Trees, The Torches Flare, and River House, and the memoir The Pavilion. He contributed to the Agrarian symposium "I'll Take My Stand."
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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Classics Series
  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: J.S. Sanders Books (September 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879941120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879941120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So Red the Rose is a classic fictional account of the Civil War years from the Southern point of view by one of the leading writers of the so-called Southern Renaissance of the first half of the 20th Century. Stark Young grew up among the kind of people with whom he populates his novel, and his novel focuses on what he called "the life of the affections."
So Red the Rose was a best-seller in he 1930's and was made into a movie. Its popularity was eclipsed a few years after its publication by Gone With the Wind. Some critics consider So Red the Rose a better book.
The novel describes a Mississippi family and how they were affected by the war. I found the book deeply moving and engrossing; although I live in a different century, live in a different part of the country than the characters, and hold a different set of values in regard to race, I found myself understanding them, relating to them, and liking them.
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A most enjoyable, fictional, historical account of life in the South during and after the Civil War. Enough truth to make it very believable and the author's descriptive terminology places you in with the characters so that you become very involved with the story personally. A lot of history is learned about Civil War military blunders that certainly effected the outcome of the war. I can understand why they made a movie of this book. It would be a good one to bring back as TV miniseries.
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"So Red the Rose" is a very engaging tale that affords the reader an insight into the culture and attitudes of the antebellum South that became the Confederacy. However, my fellow McGehee descendants (the author was a cousin of actual McGehees in Mississippi) need to bear in mind as they read that this is a NOVEL, not a genealogical register or an entirely true family history.
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A bestseller in 1934, Stark Young's "So Red the Rose" is an odd study of Mississippi plantation life before, during, and after the Civil War. Stark Young was one of America's leading drama critics of the 20th Century (he died in 1963), and his style seems to have been influenced by the dramatists Chekhov (whose plays were translated by Young) and Maeterlinck. There is a dramatis personae at the beginning of the book, which is helpful because there is no protagonist per se. The plot shifts from character to character and many a character is introduced and then never seen again (just as in real life). The narrative in the first half is quite lanquid, as Young describes the aura of dolce far niente at neighboring plantations near Natchez. When the War comes, there are the classic complaints about petty inconveniences and the assurances that the whole thing will be over in a couple of months. But then the antebellum dream is slowly surrounded by the nightmare of war. Mississippi is invaded and Natchez is bombarded. Two of the young men in the families who joined the Confederate Army do not come back: one is killed, the other presumed dead. A patriarch, returning ill from the front, dies of natural causes. A family is given 20 minutes to vacate their mansion before it is burned down. Then, after the War, when their economic system has been obliterated and their properties mortgaged, the families accept it with a bitter resignation. All this is related in a calm, academic manner, and there may be those readers who find the telling a little cold. But I think Young, a refined critic, was determined not to cater to a taste for 1890's melodrama. His style is straightforward but restrained, an appropriate tone for a tale of Southern aristocracy enduring a Civil Reign of Terror.
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Quite a book for the historical genre reader. Had Hollywood thrown it weight behind this book in 1934 I suspect a book that was published in 1936 called "Gone With The Wind" might not have been nearly as successful as it came to be down thru the years. Following the characters as their world came apart around them, and their simultaneous struggles to cope with a new and very different way of life that cost them the lives of their loved ones and the tranquility they had known in their former lives, was the crux of a moving story as told by Mr. Young, a most gifted writer. .
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