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North Country Reader

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  • By: edited by Jean Ervin
  • Format: Paper, 450 pp., 5-1/2
  • Publisher: MHS Press
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  • ISBN 0-87351-388-6
Classic Stories by Minnesota Writers
A classic anthology of Minnesota literature, with selections from novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs, that conveys the diversity of the Minnesota Experience.

The North Country Reader is filled with an array of classic and contemporary voices--native Minnesotans and immigrants, farmers and city folks, the sweet and the bittersweet. These timeless selections from novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs convey the diversity of the Minnesota experience. From the jazz-age tales of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the depression-era stories of Gordon Parks to the modern-day concerns of Patricia Hampl and Carol Bly, this collection reminds us of the richness of the place called Minnesota. Taken as a whole these thirty-seven classic pieces reveal that Minnesota is not a single experience, but one as varied as the land it occupies.

The authors included are Sheila Alexander, Margaret Culkin Banning, Carol Bly, Emilie Buchwald, Ann Chidester, Borghild Dahl, Emilio DeGrazia, Charles Eastman, Edward Eggleston, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Flandrau, Grace Flandrau, Alvin Greenberg, Paul Gruchow, Patricia Hampl, Jon Hassler, Mary Hedin, Norman Katkov, Garrison Keillor, Herbert Krause, Monica Krawczyk, Meridel Le Sueur, Sinclair Lewis, Peggy Harding Love, Frederick Manfred, John Milton, Martha Ostenso, Lon Otto, Gordon Parks, J. F. Powers, Norval Rindfleisch, Ole Rölvaag, Henry R. Schoolcraft, Shirley Schoonover, Mabel Seeley, Robert Treuer, Gerald Vizenor.

JEAN ERVIN is the author of two books on the Twin Cities, and her essays and short stories have appeared in Best American Essays 1993, South Dakota Review, Nimrod, Twenty-Six Minnesota Writers, Connecticut Review, Gulf Coast, and North Dakota Quarterly.


The Table of Contents to The North Country Reader:

Introduction

THE LAND
Emilio DeGrazia -- A Minnesota Story
Paul Gruchow -- This Prairie, This Terrible Space
Herbert Krause -- from The Thresher
Martha Ostenso -- from O River, Remember!
Peggy Harding Love -- The Betrayal
John Milton -- An Inner Disquiet
Robert Treuer -- from The Tree Farm

THE TOWN AND THE CITY
Edward Eggleston -- from The Mystery of Metropolisville
Jon Hassler -- from Staggerford
Mabel Seeley -- from Woman of Property
Margaret Culkin Banning -- The Perfect Juror
Grace H. Flandreau -- from Being Respectable
Alvin Greenberg -- Footnotes to a Theory of Place
Norman Katkov -- from A Little Sleep, A Little Slumber
Garrison Keillor -- WLT (The Edgar Era)
Meridel Le Sueur -- A Hungry Intellectual
Frederick Manfred -- from the Boy Almighty
Ole Rölvaag -- from The Boat of Longing
Gerald Vizenor -- The Psychotaxidermist

CHILDHOOD AND THE FAMILY
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Absolution
Charles Macomb Flandreau -- Mrs. White's
Borghild Dahl -- from Homecoming
Charles A. Eastman -- from Indian Boyhood
Shirley Schoonover -- from Mountain of Winter
Mary Hedin -- Places We Lost
Gordon Parks -- from A Choice of Weapons
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft -- Manabozho
Sheila Alexander -- from Walk with a Separate Pride
Emilie Buchwald -- Getting and Spending
Ann Chidester -- Mrs. Ketting and Clark Gable
Lon Otto -- I'm Sorry that You're Dead
Norval Rindfleisch -- In Loveless Clarity
Monica Krawcyzk -- Tokens
Patricia Hampl -- Look at a Teacup
Sinclair Lewis -- from Cass Timberlane

OLD AGE
Carol Bly -- Gunnar's Sword
J. F. Powers -- Keystone

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