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THE YEARLING — Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings—Scribner ($2.50).

Although she was born in Washington, D. C., was educated at the University of Wisconsin, worked on newspapers in the North, blue-eyed, 42-year-old Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is pure Southerner in her literary career. Both her novels (South Moon Under, Golden Apples) and her short stories have dealt with the poor whites who live in the Florida scrub where she and her journalist husband went to live in 1928.

The Yearling tells the story of one year in the life of a towheaded, lively 12-year-old named Jody Baxter. The...

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