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- DescriptionThe Mississippi-born author Katharine Sherwood Bonner McDowell (1849 1883) has long been recognized as one of the pioneers in dialect fiction, but she and her work faded from memory as literary tastes shifted away from this popular nineteenth-century genre. Although her career was cut short by her early death, Bonner left a significant body of published work, most of it buried in periodical archives. This book, which adds significantly to the current resurgence of interest in Bonner, brings back into print much of the author s best writing and will acquaint modern readers with her astute and witty observations about America s centennial era. A Sherwood Bonner Sampler includes regional and European travel columns, historical/autobiographical sketches set in Mississippi, profiles of national celebrities, children s stories, an extended satiric poem about prominent Bostonians, touching personal lyrics, and a variety of short fiction ranging from romantic melodrama to regional realism. Her reports from Reconstruction era Boston reveal a fascinating perspective on postwar sectional differences, while later stories introduce settings along the Louisiana Gulf Coast, in the Tennessee mountains, and in the southern Illiis farm country. In addition, an appendix reproduces the response poem from the Radical Club celebrities, the targets of her infamous satire. Anne Gowdy s introductory essay places the pieces within historical, biographical, literary, and cultural context. Although much of Bonner s writing retains the power to inform and entertain in and of itself, Gowdy s antations identify events and personages who might be unfamiliar to modern readers, show connections with other writings by Bonner and some of her contemporaries, and identify quotations and allusions. The result is a volume that makes a signal contribution to the ongoing rediscovery and reappraisal of American authors in particular, one talented writer whom literary history, until w, has too lightly estimated and too narrowly classified. The Editor: Anne Razey Gowdy is assistant professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan College. She has published articles on Sherwood Bonner and other nineteenth-century writers.
- Author BiographyThe Editor: Anne Razey Gowdy is assistant professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan College. She has published articles on Sherwood Bonner and other nineteenth-century writers.
- Author(s)Katharine Sherwood Bonner McDowell,Katherine Sherwood Bonner McDowell
- PublisherUniversity of Tennessee Press
- Date of Publication15/08/2000
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Place of PublicationChicago
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Tennessee Press
- Weight1043 g
- Width166 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine42 mm
- Edited byAnne Razey Gowdy
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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