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The Great Big Doorstep

Author : Edwin P. O'Donnell
ISBN : UCAL:B3435110
Genre : Fiction
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First published by Houghton Mifflin in October 1941,just a few months before America’s entry into World War II swept the nation’s attention from the appearance of new fiction, this second novel by a writer of exceptional promise, who died two years later, is here redisshy;covered and newly introduced by Eudora Welty. nbsp; In 1936, with the publication of his first novel,Green Margins,E. P. O’Donshy;nell introduced a new field for American literature—the Delta country of Louisishy;ana. The novel was well received criticalshy;ly, and was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. nbsp; Here, in his second novel—and first comedy—writing about the same counshy;try, O’Donnell makes eloquent the everyday lives of a Cajun family, deshy;scendants of the original Acadians, whose world is the Mississippi’s mouth, and, in fact, their lives. “It is a scene,” Eudora Welty writes, “which takes for granted the misuse of everything—birds—young girls—the Virgin—probably even the barter system. It is also true comedy, and is brought about to tell us how desperate life is on Grass Margin.” nbsp; This comedy is filled with the antics of survival and the efforts of the Crochet family to procure a house of sufficient grandeur to match the huge doorstep which they had salvaged from the river. The Crochets’ continuing dream, symshy;bolized by the doorstep, comes true at last, as all comedy must, but not withshy;out irony which gives a deeper meaning to the story.

The Great Big Doorstep

Author : E. P. O'Donnell
ISBN : 9780807160312
Genre : Fiction
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A Depression-era comic masterpiece, E. P. O'Donnell's The Great Big Doorstep centers on the Crochets, a Cajun family who live in a ramshackle house between the levee and the Mississippi River. The Crochets dream of one day owning a stately plantation befitting the magnificent cypress doorstep they have salvaged from the river and proudly display outside their humble home. The memorable characters in this novel have their own concerns: the patriarch, Commodo, is full of wild bravado as he fluctuates between scheming, laboring, and malingering; his wife reigns as the queen of retort, though toughened by years of making do and doing without. The Crochet children also cope with personal struggles: Topal, twenty, restless, and moody, and recently dumped by her fiancé; Arthur, eighteen, attempts to strike out on his own while dodging the coddling of his mother and the fury of his father; Evvie, almost fifteen, plans to join a religious order after renouncing a lover; and twins Gussie and Paul, and baby T. J., provide an ongoing chorus of laughter and tears. The Great Big Doorstep has remained a literary and cultural classic since its publication in 1941. In an 1979 afterword, Eudora Welty praises O'Donnell's comic genius, citing his "supreme gift" for dialogue, while Bryan Giemza's introduction underscores the work's place in the tradition of comic Southern novels.

Southern Writers

Author : Joseph M. Flora
ISBN : 9780807131237
Genre : Reference
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This new edition of Southern Writers assumes its distinguished predecessor's place as the essential reference on literary artists of the American South. Broadly expanded and thoroughly revised, it boasts 604 entries-nearly double the earlier edition's-written by 264 scholars. For every figure major and minor, from the venerable and canonical to the fresh and innovative, a biographical sketch and chronological list of published works provide comprehensive, concise, up-to-date information. Here in one convenient source are the South's novelists and short story writers, poets and dramatists, memoirists and essayists, journalists, scholars, and biographers from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. What constitutes a "southern writer" is always a matter for debate. Editors Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel have used a generous definition that turns on having a significant connection to the region, in either a personal or literary sense. New to this volume are younger writers who have emerged in the quarter century since the dictionary's original publication, as well as older talents previously unknown or unacknowledged. For almost every writer found in the previous edition, a new biography has been commissioned. Drawn from the very best minds on southern literature and covering the full spectrum of its practitioners, Southern Writers is an indispensable reference book for anyone intrigued by the subject.

Novel Fiction Awards 1917 1994

Author : Heinz-D. Fischer
ISBN : 9783110972115
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The School of Journalism at Columbia University has awarded the Pulitzer Prize since 1917. Nowadays there are prizes in 21 categories from the fields of journalism, literature and music. The Pulitzer Prize Archive presents the history of this award from its beginnings to the present: In parts A to E the awarding of the prize in each category is documented, commented and arranged chronologically. Part F covers the history of the prize biographically and bibliographically. Part G provides the background to the decisions.

Novel Fiction Awards 1917 1994

Author : Heinz Dietrich Fischer
ISBN : 3598301804
Genre : Reference
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The School of Journalism at Columbia University has awarded the Pulitzer Prize since 1917. Nowadays there are prizes in 21 categories from the fields of journalism, literature and music. The Pulitzer Prize Archive presentsthe history of this award from its beginnings to the present: In parts A toE the awarding oftheprize in each category is documented, commented and arranged chronologically. Part F covers the history of the prize biographically and bibliographically. Part G provides the background to thedecisions.

The Reprint Bulletin Book Reviews

Author : William White
ISBN : UVA:X004575159
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The Great Big Doorstep

Author : Frances Goodrich
ISBN : UCAL:B298625
Genre : American drama
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The Crochet family live in a rented, one-room shack in the back bayous in 1940's South Louisana. After finding a grand plantation front doorstep floating down the Mississippi Rive, they dream of owning their own home. Commordore Crochet, a drainage expert (ditch digger) and father of the family, leads them in this dream while his long-suffering wife provides a more practical path to their dream house.

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The New York Times Book Review

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Of Men And Books

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