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Mary Noailles Murfree

(1850—1922)


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(1850–1922),

spent most of her life in her native Tennessee, which she described in local-color fiction published under the pseudonym Charles Egbert Craddock. Her first collection of stories, In the Tennessee Mountains (1884), led to the discovery that the popular author was a frail, crippled spinster whose pseudonym was derived from the name of the hero in a very early story. The rhythmical prose and general atmosphere of her tales, and the poetic descriptions of landscape, are romantic, although the careful reproduction of the native dialect and faithful descriptions of specific details give them a realistic appearance. The first volume of stories was followed by more than ten others and a series of Southern historical novels.

Subjects: Literature.


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