Books: Crackers Collected

WHEN THE WHIPPOORWILL—Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings—Scrlbner ($2.50).

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' collected short stories have good claim to being a better book than her big bestseller, The Yearling. When the Whippoorwill contains eleven stories, including a novelette (Jacob's Ladder) which first put Florida's "scrub" back country on the map and Author Rawlings among the ranks of the South's best regional writers.

With far fewer sentimental soft spots than The Yearling, Author Rawlings' short stones deal with such Florida crackers as starvation-haunted farmers, hunters, trappers, fishermen, moonshiners. Readers of The Yearling know her sharp ear for dialect,...

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