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The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty
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May 06, 2008

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bookshelves: southern-writers

I'd been meaning to cover this gap in my Southern writer reading for a while. I meant to pick up Welty's short stories, but I couldn't find her complete works, and a Grimm's fairy tale retold with a southern folklore twist was too tempting to pass up.
The book surprised me with how well the folkloric southern setting worked; there is no incongruity with the fairy-tale tone of the characters or plot: castle's and princesses work just as well as plantations and plantation heiresses (though the nonchalant references to slaves as forms of wealth might rub some people the wrong way). The book also inspired me to learn more about some of the historical sources for certain characters, such as the Harp brothers and Mike Fink.
The novel's length is also a benefit, since a longer novel might strain my ability to engage with fairly one-dimensional fairy tale characters.

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