Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Cross Creek cover 1942 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

From the 1942 Grosset and Dunlap edition of Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: This intimate, vivid, and fascinating narrative by the author of The Yearling has all the same humor and boundless appeal as its Pulitzer Prize winning predecessor.

For many  years Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was been one of the leading citizens of the tiny, remote Florida hamlet from which this book takes its name. This is the story of Cross Creek, of “Yearling Country,” its people, its scenery and wildlife, told by a writer wholes genius for character portrayal and description is unequalled.

Here are brilliant and fascinating descriptions of the Florida scenery, the orange groves, the swamps, the scattered homesteads, and of the animals and reptiles of the region. the reader sees, and knows, Cross Creek in every season of the year. Plus, these are all real people, headed by the author herself, whose Florida autobiography this narrative might well be called.

Any one of the people in this book might be the hero or heroine of a full-length novel, and the background against which  they move is everlastingly fascinating.

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Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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Quotes from Cross Creek

“We cannot live without the Earth or apart from it, and something is shriveled in a man’s heart when he turns away from it and concerns himself only with the affairs of men.”

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” … we are tenants and not possessors, lovers, and not masters. Cross Creek belongs to the wind and the rain, to the sun and the seasons, to the cosmic secrecy of seed, and beyond all, to time…”

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” …to achieve content under sometimes adverse circumstances, requires first an adjustment within oneself, and this I had already made, and after that, a recognition that one is not unique in being obliged to toil and struggle and suffer. This is the simplest of all facts and the most difficult for the individual ego to accept.”

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Cross Creek Cookery by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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“Madness is only a variety of mental nonconformity and we are all individualists here.”

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“Sift each of us through the great sieve of circumstance and you have a residue, great or small as the case may be, that is the man or the woman.”

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