First edition of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Cross Creek; in the original dust jacket
Cross Creek: The Story of the Yearling Country and its People.
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan.$40.00
Item Number: 96023
New York: Charles Scribener's Sons, 1942.
First edition of Rawlings’ 1942 memoir describing the people, scenery and wildlife of Cross Creek, a remote Florida hamlet. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. With decorations by Edward Shenton. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Camp, Jr.
In 1928 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings gave up a ten-year career in journalism to move to the rural hamlet of Cross Creek, Florida to pursue writing. It was here that she composed her 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling, and later published the present volume which became an instant bestseller. Cross Creek was adapted into the 1983 film of the same name directed by Martin Ritt and starring Mary Steenburgen and Rip Torn. Filming took place in Ocala, Florida, in the vicinity of Rawlings' house, which is now a state museum.