August 8, 1896
Short-story Writer and Novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was Born
There are some books that just about everybody reads in school such as Where the Red Fern Grows, The Hobbit, or the Harry Potter books. Years ago, students used to read The Yearling, written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Born on August 8, 1896, in Washington, D.C., Rawlings was a journalist, short story writer, and a novelist. She is best known for The Yearling, which was published in 1939 and won a Pulitzer prize, one of the most important prizes a writer can receive. The book is a coming-of-age story of a young boy who finds and raises a young fawn and then has to let it go back to the wild. The story takes place in the big scrub country, which is now the Ocala National Forest in Florida. The Yearling was also turned into a movie in 1946. Do you know a book that was turned into a movie? Which did you like better?
Working as a journalist in the 1920s, Rawlings was a trailblazer for women in that field. She worked for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Rochester Journal, and the United Features Syndicate. In 1928, she settled at Cross Creek, near Gainesville, Florida, in order to write fiction. Cross Creek, published in 1942, tells of her enchantment with this part of rural Florida. Her association with Cross Creek continued until her death in 1953 at the age of 57.