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The Nearly Complete Works of Donald Harington, Volume 1
Donald Harington is one of the finest, and yet least known, American novelists. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Dec 13, Susan rated it really liked it.
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Writers of that generation are generally far from the Arkansas boosterism of their predecessors, but their criticism is more acceptable because they are perceived as locals. Other writers have used Arkansas magazines and newspapers as their creative outlet, including Robert Wynn for his historical pieces and memoirs of the Boston Mountains, and Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni , Marie Rushing, and many others for their poetry. The many denominational newspapers, including the Arkansas Catholic , have supplied a vehicle for theological debate and religious or inspirational writing.
Arkansas in Memoir Bearing out the contention that Arkansans like stories better than any other writing, memoir and autobiographical writing comprise perhaps the most impressive body of Arkansas literature. The authors are black and white, male and female, rich and poor, celebrated and obscure. Ditto wrote about, among other things, growing up poor in Judsonia White County.
She published more than forty novels, including temperance stories and treatments of the Lincoln and Lee myths. He also edited Ozark Fantasia by Charles J. After he left Fayetteville, Wilson wrote chiefly nonfiction books about the tropics, but he also produced a collection of tales, The Bodacious Ozarks Finger also wrote fiction for young readers and a memoir, Seven Horizons Arkansas in Fiction It is not a long stretch from the personal narrative and the memoir purporting to be true to narrative fiction. It is probably safe to say that most Arkansas writers have aimed at telling a good story rather than subscribing to any literary or artistic school.
Some elements of Southern storytelling are evident in Arkansas fiction from early on and are still evident. There is often a strong sense of place—small towns and rural settings especially. The characters represent a cross-section of Arkansas population—white, black, working class, plantation aristocrats and nouveau-riches , and lots of garrulous narrators. Arkansas had at least two successful practitioners in the nineteenth-century heyday of American local-color fiction. Alice French was a transplanted New Englander, daughter of a Midwestern businessman. In her middle age, she wintered in northeastern Arkansas, where she wrote, under the name Octave Thanet , stories of a grittier Arkansas life of trappers and squatters along the cypress swamps, as well as of cavalier planters and their family secrets.
In her Arkansas stories, French wrote from a patronizingly aristocratic point of view familiar to Arkansans and emphasized the more squalid hues of local color, but she also made a serious effort to reproduce the language of her region. For much of the twentieth century, many Arkansas writers left home to make their reputations, or occasionally to make money. Although their detachment from Arkansas led eventually out of regionalism into a generic American fiction, their work often used elements of Southern and Arkansas life.
Her depiction of small-town life, with mean-spirited, conventional characters in run-down neighborhoods or stuffy country clubs, contains many details drawn from her early experience in Arkansas. Jones created a notable body of historical fiction about the American West. Some of his work is set in northwestern Arkansas and the adjacent Indian Territory, including Elkhorn Tavern and Weedy Rough Brown also wrote for young readers, including Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Railroads in the West , which received an award from the Western Writers of America in for the best western for young people.
Portis is himself a returned Arkansan, resettling in the state after working on the New York Herald Tribune. Many readers recall True Grit as a western with a historical setting straddling the Arkansas boundary in what was then Indian Territory, in which Portis makes splendid comic use of the Wild West material. Arkansas writers in the last decades of the twentieth century made use of an Arkansas where mobile homes and shopping malls replaced fields and forests. Their sense of place included attention to local language, customs, and especially characters, and often these elements are links to or evolutions from the past.
These include the novelist Francis Irby Gwaltney , author of A Step in the River and other novels portraying the New Southerner struggling to understand the changes in his way of life. Richard Ford , whose Independence Day received the Pulitzer Prize, spent his summers with his grandfather in the Marion Hotel in Little Rock, but he moved on, both physically and artistically, to other scenes. Some writers—such as the western writer Cynthia Haseloff and the romance writer Velda Brotherton—have remained physically in Arkansas but work in mainstream American modes.
Narrated by the Holy Spirit, it centers on a millionaire lawyer and his wife and obliquely includes the Arkansas creation-science trial, McLean v. Ellen Gilchrist and William Harrison became successful writers while living in Arkansas, but they rarely refer to this background in their work. But, at his best, he represents a high point in working as a contemporary writer who happens to use traditional Ozark materials. He created his own place, Stay More, home of the Stay Morons, who recur throughout his fiction. Some of his novels, particularly The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks , use the traditional elements, such as the tall tale and the bawdy joke, with a modern sensibility.
Arkansas Poetry As throughout the South, nineteenth-century poetry in Arkansas was largely in the Romantic and Victorian veins. One early poet, Boston, Massachusetts — born Confederate general Albert Pike , wrote technically competent verses from his vast knowledge of the arcane mythology of Freemasonry. Their works were published privately or in newspapers especially the sectarian press , and popular magazines of the time, and generally their reputations were local or regional.
A few small presses and newspaper publishers turned out books of poetry, notably the Bar D Press of Siloam Springs Benton County in the s. In , the General Assembly enacted Poetry Day legislation, ordering it to be observed every October The legislature established the position of poet laureat e in The post is filled by the governor from a list submitted by heads of English departments at state universities and colleges. Nominees generally have been from the popular and confessional rather than the high-culture end of the literary spectrum.
The first was Charles Davis of the Gazette staff, followed by Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni of Fayetteville, author of many volumes of verse and a promoter of poetry clubs and magazines. Hinegardner invented a poetic form called the minute , consisting of sixty syllables in rhyming couplets with a syllabic line count of 8,4,4,4—8,4,4,4—8,4,4,4. Peggy Vining was appointed laureate in John Gould Fletcher was arguably the only Arkansas writer until the late twentieth century whose life and work showed any connection with the wider literary world. Although he was proud of his Southern heritage, he lived for more than twenty years in Europe, where he participated in various Modernist movements, especially Imagism, before returning to Little Rock to take up regionalism and folklore.
For his Selected Poems , he received the Pulitzer Prize. After the s, instances of poetry as a craft and an art, rather than an effusion of sentiment, began to occur more frequently. One reason, aside from the changes in taste and education in the country, was the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas, founded in by James Whitehead and William Harrison. Both traveled extensively, but, unlike Angelou, Williams remained a rooted Arkansan, though the forms of his poetry came from many other traditions and languages.
Victory over Japan , her second collection of short stories, won the National Book Award for fiction. Like others, Gilchrist is claimed by more than one state, including her native Mississippi.
The press also published an early volume of the work of popular poet Billy Collins. Other poets emerged later in the twentieth century. Nevertheless, she often worked out of her Ozarks background. In , she compiled an anthology and traveling exhibition, The Lost Roads Project , celebrating Arkansas writing. Before his suicide in , Stanford published nine books of poetry full of knives, hogs, privies, and death. Andrea Hollander , who was writer-in-residence at Lyon College in Batesville Independence County , like McDougall a prize-winning poet, writes with an ease that belies the skill and sensitivity of her poems.
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