Legendary figures of Mississippi's colorful past - keel-boatman Mike Fink and the dread Harp brothers - along with characters from Eudora Welty's own delightful imagination people this rollicking fantasy set along the Natchez Trace. Berry-stained bandit Jamie Lockhart steals pioneer planter Clement Musgrove's beautiful daughter, Rosamond, away from a home dominated by his ugly, evil second wife, Salome. These and other characters are gathered together in a tale at once acid and gentle, wise and lighthearted, woven as much from the rough homespun of American history as the gossamer thread of fairy stories.
A modern fairy tale, where irony and humor, outright nonsense, deep wisdom and surrealistic extravaganzas become a poettic unity through the power of a pure exquisite style. --New York Times
The lost fabulous innocence of our departed frontier, the easy carelessness, the fond bragging and colossal buckskin strut... Miss Wealty can capture it only because... she is writing out of joy in the world she has restored, and with an eye toward the comedy and poetry embedded in it. --Alfred Kazin, New York Herald Tribune Books
For all her wild, rich fancy, Miss Welty writes prose that is as disciplined as it is beautiful --New Yorker
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