Relive the wonder of this childhood favorite and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that has been capturing the hearts of readers for more than half a century.
An instant bestseller when it was released in 1938, this beloved tale has been read and loved by school-age children across the nation for more than fifty years. In this classic story of the Baxter family and their wild, hard, and satisfying life in remote central Florida, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings has written one of the great novels of our times. A rich and varied tale—tender in its understanding of boyhood, crowded with the excitement of the backwoods hunt, with vivid descriptions of the primitive, beautiful hammock country, written with humor and earthy philosophy—The Yearling is a novel for readers of all ages. Its glowing picture of a life refreshingly removed from modern patterns of living is universal in its revelation of simple courageous people and the beliefs they must live by.
This edition, complete with a new introduction by author Ivan Doig, will be cherished for years to come and will make a welcome addition to any booklover's shelf.
About the Author
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896–1953) lived for twenty-five years in Cross Creek, Florida, the area that is the setting for The Yearling, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. She is the author of several earlier novels as well as a memoir, Cross Creek, which inspired the acclaimed motion picture of the same name.
"Never before has Mrs. Rawlings created a set of characters who are so close and real to the reader, whose intimate life one can share without the taint of unconscious patronage." — E. H. Walton
"Magnificent...the novel's power is subtle, accumulating with every description of the natural world, until the book's rhythms become almost transcendental." — Lauren Groff
"A writer is often a lonely person, I think: Our worlds are populated by the things we imagine, the things we remember or dream. For me, the voice of childhood is the one I hear most clearly. And often it comes to me in the cadence and diction of the boy in The Yearling, a book I return to again and again." — Lois Lowry
"The Yearling is a distinguished book. Mrs. Rawlings has done a small miracle....She has captured a child's time sense, in which everything lasts forever and the change of season takes him always unawares." — Frances Woodward, Booklist
"Jody Baxter...is the most charming boy in the entire national gallery...His story, as Mrs. Rawlings tells it, opens windows wide for the reader, and lets in sunlight and fresh breezes just as surely as an older St. Francis did for another world." — William Soskin, Christian Science Monitor
"Rawlings writes with a sincere and unusual beauty...Her leisurely method of unfolding her plot fascinates the reader to the end of the book." — Philip Hartung, Forum
"Never before has Mrs. Rawlings created a set of characters who are so close and real to the reader, whose intimate life one can share without the taint of unconscious patronage." — E.H. Walton, The New York Times
"With its excellent descriptions of Florida scrub landscapes, its skillful use of native vernacular, its tender relation between Jody and his pet fawn, The Yearling is a simply written, picturesque story of boyhood." — Times London