Other literary forms
Although she is best known for one novel, The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings produced three other full-length novels and two novellas, the award-winning Jacob’s Ladder and the undistinguished Mountain Prelude, which was serialized in 1947 in The Saturday Evening Post but never appeared in book form. She also wrote numerous shorter pieces for periodicals, beginning with a series of sketches about life in Cross Creek, Florida, which were printed in Scribner’s Magazine under the title “Cracker Chidlings.” During her lifetime, Rawlings brought out only one book-length volume of short stories, When the Whippoorwill (1940). However, virtually all of the short fiction that she published in magazines was collected in Rodger L. Tarr’s edition of Short Stories by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1994). Rawlings was also the author of a notable autobiographical work, Cross Creek (1942), and an anecdotal cookbook, Cross Creek Cookery (1942). A children’s book, The Secret River, was published posthumously in 1955. The author’s versatility is evident in The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Reader (1956), edited by Julia Scribner Bigham. Selected Letters of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1983) was edited by Gordon E. Bigelow and Laura V. Monti.