South Moon Under by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. Second printing with Scribner seal at the copyright page. Hardcover. 334 pages ; 19 cm. $2.00 dust jacket with minimal wear to the jacket edges. Foxing to the top pages edge. Discoloration to the front and rear endpapers. No markings within the pages. Binding is firm.
SOUTH MOON UNDER
This novel of a hitherto undescribed phase of American life depicts a simple, uncouth people living out an elemental destiny with dignity, honor and a natural joy.
The characters of this novel are the lank and slow Southerners who, generations back, wandered into an isolated country, the scrub of Florida's interior—primeval, unvisited, completely still.
These men and women are gallant, and brave, and above all peaceful, in wresting survival from a strange and lonely soil. Their loves, their toil, their sorrows, are communicated to the reader with a dramatic skill that commands the reader's interest and sympathy, and, thereby, achieves fiction's greatest triumph, causing the reader to lose himself in the tale and its characters.
Their protective way of life, their rich and picturesque individualities, their unhurried perception of the strange sights and sounds of nature, their deep intuitive awareness of the feelings of each other, their peace— compose a picture of contemporary American life that will be a novelty to every reader of American fiction, in which this strange, enchanting setting, and its primitive, peaceful people, have never before been presented.
The author says of the country about which she has written:
"The Big Scrub is profoundly stirring. I managed to get briefly lost there three years ago in the hunting season, before the typography of the region was familiar to me. Sitting on a log, trying to think out my directions, my gunshots unanswered, with no life, no movement, anywhere, no sound but; the single note of a thrush, I became conscious of a peace, an isolation and, strangely, a safety, beyond an; previous experience. The thought came to me then that human life such a place must share the interest of its background. Since then I have come to know the Scrub intimately; have voyaged by small boat the full length of its river boundaries. I have yet to find anything more glamorous than a Florida river.
"The Scrub is more thinly populated than for fifty years. The imaginary family of 'South Moon Under' is placed on the site of one of man abandoned clearings."
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