Like many people of my generation, my first exposure to the writings of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings ("MJK") was by reading The Yearling. I subsequently watched (repeatedly, thanks to “Million Dollar Movie”) the film version starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman. The edition I read was illustrated by Edward Shenton, an illustrator/artist whose work I would rediscover some forty-five years later, in a totally different context, when researching the sculptor Nancy Cox-McCormack.
My awareness of Rawlings was enhanced by a personal connection. My great-great aunt, Ethel Fairmont Snyder Beebe, an author of children’s books and activist in the humane movement, had attended the University of Wisconsin. She and Rawlings met there and developed a friendship that lasted until Rawlings’s death in 1953. Many of my childhood visits to my aunt included her reminiscences of times they shared. When my aunt passed away in 1978, I found a packet of letters written by Rawlings to my aunt. Many years later, I made the decision to donate them to the University of Florida (see “Gift of Early Florida Letters Enriches Smathers Libraries Rawlings Collection”). In 2000, I published them in the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature. I subsequently acquired and likewise published a letter Rawlings wrote to J. J. Lankes, a woodblock print maker best known as an illustrator of the works of Robert Frost.
South Moon Under. New York & London: Scribner’s, 1933; London: Faber & Faber, 1933.
Golden Apples. New York: Scribner’s, 1935; London: Heinemann, 1939.
The Yearling. New York: Scribner’s, 1938; London & Toronto: Heinemann, 1938.
When the Whippoorwill. New York: Scribner’s, 1940; London & Toronto: Heinemann, 1940.
Cross Creek. New York: Scribner’s, 1942; London & Toronto: Heinemann, 1943.
Cross Creek Cookery. New York: Scribner’s, 1942; republished as The Marjorie Rawlings Cookbook: Cross Creek Cookery. London: Hammond & Hammond, 1962.
Jacob's Ladder. Coral Gables: University of Miami Press, 1950.
The Sojourner. New York: Scribner’s, 1953; London: Heinemann,1953.
The Secret River. New York: Scribner’s, 1955.
Selected Letters of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Eds. Gordon E. Bigelow and Laura V. Monti. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1983.
Short Stories, Ed. Rodger L. Tarr. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1994.
Songs of a Housewife: Poems by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Ed. Rodger L. Tarr. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1994.
Max and Marjorie: The Correspondence between Maxwell E. Perkins & Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Ed. Rodger L. Tarr. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999.
Blood of My Blood: The Lost First Novel. Ed. Anne Blythe Meriwether. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002.
The Private Marjorie: The Love Letters of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to Norton S. Baskin. Ed. Rodger L. Tarr. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004.
Bigelow, Gordon E. Frontier Eden: The Literary Career of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1966.
Silverthorne, Elizabeth. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Sojourner at Cross Creek. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1988.
"Between Friends: Seven Letters from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to Ethel Fairmont Snyder Beebe." The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature 9 (2000): 1-22.
"From the Author to the Artist: A Letter to J. J. Lankes." The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature 16 (2008), 119-131.
Photo Credit: Photograph reproduced with permission of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Collection, Special and Area Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
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