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Weeds - Edith Summers Keeley


Published: 1st November 1996
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First published in 1923, Weeds is set amid the tobacco tenant farms of rural Kentucky. This pioneering naturalist novel tells the story of a hard-working, spirited young woman who finds herself in a soul-destroying battle with the imprisoning duties of motherhood and of managing an impoverished household. The novel is particularly noteworthy for its heartbreaking depiction of a woman who suffers not from a lack of love, but from an unrequited longing for self-expression and freedom.

"If there could be such a thing as a 21-gun salute for a novel fortuitously rescued from oblivion, Weeds richly merits it, for Edith Summers Kelley's book is unquestionably a major work of American fiction. . . . It is remarkable for its compassionate realism, its narrative pace, its sensitive evocation of character and for its sure literary craftmanship. . . . [Weeds] is a book that will astonish and enrich anyone who reads it. And anyone should be everyone." --New York Times Book Review "This beautiful novel, which saw its first publication in 1923, is the story of Judith Pippinger Blackford, a Kentucky farm girl whose bright, responsive, and perhaps talented nature is gradually dulled by the sordid limitation of her life. . . . It would be a pity for anyone to miss this statuesque book." --New Yorker "Edith Kelley had much in common with Sherwood Anderson and her friend, Sinclair Lewis. Her novel is effective, poignant, well observed, distinguished of its kind. It should win a place in courses on modern literature and women's studies." --Choice

ISBN: 9781558611542
ISBN-10: 1558611541
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 375
Published: 1st November 1996
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised