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The Black Prince and Other Stories

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The South of these nine stories is filled with tension, crisis, and decision: a man walks out of prison only to entangle himself in the strands of his malevolent past; a diabolic stranger sets a small community against itself; a family clothes its poverty with genteel pretense; a wife acquiesces to her husband and in-laws' connivance over a forged will. From the black bayo ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published December 1st 1955 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1955)
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Kirk Smith
I am a fan of The Keepers of the House and having been so favorably influenced will always think Grau's style and her work some of the very best. Her short stories are still meaningful and quite powerful after 60 years and I did enjoy all nine. She wouldn't have the gut-punching impact of A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Conner, but is an important southern author definitely worth more attention. The Black Prince was a bit of magical realism and was very appreciated. From concept to com ...more
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Shirley Ann Grau (b. 1929) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist of nine novels and short story collections, whose work is set primarily in her native South. Grau was raised in Alabama and Louisiana, and many of her novels document the broad social changes of the Deep South during the twentieth century, particularly as they affected African Americans. Grau’s first novel, The Hard Blue Sky (1958), a ...more
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