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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings



Click here for more photos.Like many people of my generation, my first exposure to the writings of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 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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