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By Ron Rash


From the severely acclaimed, award-winning writer of Serena and The Cove, thirty-four of his best brief tales, gathered in a single volume.

No one captures the complexities of Appalchia—a rugged, brutal panorama of beautiful beauty—as evocatively and indelibly as writer and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O'Connor overseas brief tale Award, O. Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions among the conventional and the fashionable, the previous and the recent south, tenderness and violence, guy and nature. although his concentration is local, the topics of Rash's paintings are common, amazing an emotional chord that resonates deep inside each one of our lives.

Something wealthy and Strange showcases this acclaimed master's artistry and craftsmanship in thirty-two tales culled from formerly released collections and to be had for the 1st time in publication shape: "Outlaws" and "Shiloh."

Each paintings of brief fiction demonstrates Rash's astounding skill to rouse the guts and soul of this land and its people—men and girls inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them. full of suspense and fantasy, wish and heartbreak, and informed in language that flows like "shimmering, liquid poetry" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Something wealthy and Strange is an iconic paintings from an American literary virtuoso.

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His persona as a hunter-writer was much more restrained and self-effacing than Roosevelt’s; Grinnell staged himself not as the lone hunter-rancher but as part of a hunter-scientist fraternity. His stories show him always hunting with companions—sometimes the Pawnee, at other times his fellow paleontologists—and he writes himself back into the scientific community at day’s end. In one tale, the party gather round the campfire in recognizable club formation: “college songs, so well known ’neath the grand old elms of New Haven, but new to these regions, broke the stillness of the clear night air and were echoed back from the mountains in a grand refrain” (“Day” 196).

Although he documented his hunting experiences copiously in his journals and letters, Wister did not write a hunting tale proper until his contribution to the first Boone and Crockett Club book in 1893. But a hunting motif wends its way through his earliest western fiction. ” Wister’s first fictional character in the West sounds exactly the type targeted by Grinnell’s lambasting editorials. Mr. 25 Mr. Weeks, having experienced “the most poignant thrill of pleasure he had yet known . . pump[ing] lead into the grave, staring animals” proceeds to shoot a tame elk calf, the pet of Chalkeye (Mr.

The largest number of lynching victims were African American, but between 1910 and 1925, Jewish Americans, Italian Americans, Asian Americans, political dissidents, and union organizers also “were identified as legitimate targets for vigilantism” (Slotkin, Gunfighter 192). Anti-lynching activists raised their voices against the assertion that extra-legal violence was necessary to sustain social order. In the 1880s, Ida B. Wells, African American spokeswoman, led the way in bringing public attention to the ways in which a southern racist agenda underlay the myths and justifications promoted by the lynching establishment.

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