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1902. Glasgow's realistic fiction novels often showed the female characters as stronger than the male characters. It was this new type of Southern fiction that made Ellen Glasgow one of the major writers of her time. The vantage point from which most of her nineteen novels were written was her native home of Richmond, Virginia. She received the Pulitzer prize in 1942. The ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published April 18th 2000)
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Jan 06, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Glasgow's 1929 Civil War novel. It follows the lives of family members in two adjacent plantations in Virginia, one run by a secessionist "Major" and the other by a pro-union Governor. The Major's grandsons and the Governor's daughters illustrate the upcoming generation of young people who are not so tied to slavery as they are to their relationships with slaves they have grown to love and work with side by side. The book seems to be Glasgow's attempt to show the side of the South that upheld ho ...more
Oct 24, 2008 Cera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of the Glasgow novels I've read so far; it depicts a Southern family and their friends & dependents during the Civil War in a manner that I found both sympathetic and fairly realistic. Glasgow's depiction of slavery was doubtless romanticised; she was a wealthy white girl from a wealthy old Virginian family, and she probably didn't have a lot of information about what slavery was really like -- but at the very least she didn't engage in the sort of sentimental defense of it that ...more
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Opening: Toward the close of an early summer afternoon, a little girl came running along the turnpike to where a boy stood wriggling his feet in the dust.

"Old Aunt Ailsey's done come back," she panted, "an' she's conjured the tails off Sambo's sheep. I saw 'em hanging on her door!"

The boy received the news with an indifference from which it blankly rebounded. He buried one bare foot in the soft white sand and withdrew it with a jerk that powdered the blackberr
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aka Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow

Born into an upper-class Virginian family, Glasgow rebelled at an early age against traditional expectations of women, becoming a best-selling author of 20 novels, the last of which (In This Our Life) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942.

The majority of her novels have Southern settings, reflecting her awareness of the enormous social and economic changes occuring in t
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