Books by Mississippi Writers 1996-2010
A Sherwood Bonner Sampler, 1869-1884: What a Bright, Educated, Witty, Lively, Snappy Young Woman Can Say on a Variety of Topics
By Katherine Sherwood Bonner McDowell, edited by Anne Razey Gowdy University of Tennessee Press (Hardcover, $42.00, ISBN: 1572330678, 6/2000) Born in Mississippi, McDowell (1849-83) traveled to Boston in search of both educational opportunities and employment. There she found the literary world she longed for and formed a lifelong connection with poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. As a teenager, she sold her first romance for publication to the Massachusetts Ploughman and New England Journal of Agriculture, and her short fiction was published in national magazines between 1875 and 1884 under the name of Sherwood Bonner. She is considered a preeminent writer of local-color dialect fiction by literary scholars. In this hefty volume, Gowdy (English, Tennessee Wesleyan Coll.) has compiled a comprehensive collection of work by this unusual woman. Included are travel columns and letters; essays, profiles, and sketches; tales and stories; and poetry and lyrics. It is the life's work of someone who loved to tell stories, loved to write, and loved observing the world around her and the people she met. Recommended for public and academic libraries with strong literature collections. ―Cynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.