Northern Georgia Sketches. WIll N. HARBEN, William Nathaniel.

Northern Georgia Sketches

Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1900. First Edition. Harben's sixth and best-remembered work, a collection of short stories set in the hill country of North Georgia. Harben, the son of a Georgia abolitionist and a great-nephew of Daniel Boone, wrote sympathetically (if paternalistically) of southern African-Americans, poor white farmers, and sharecroppers alike, drawing on his real-life experiences as a shopkeeper in Whitfield County. Harben's characters, though occasionally stereotyped, are possessed of enough depth and complexity to justify the opinion of at least one critic singling out Harben as "the leading interpreter of life in the mountains of North Georgia during the early years of the twentieth century" (see Cratis Williams, "The Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction," Appalachian Journal, v.3, no. 3 (Spring, 1976); and another citing this book as "one of the better collections of American regional fiction" (see Robert Bush, "Will N. Harben's Northern Georgia Fiction," The Mississippi Quarterly, v.20, no.2 (Spring 1967). WRIGHT III:2449; BOGER 207. First printing. 12mo; decoratively stamped red cloth boards; 305pp. Mild soil and rubbing to exterior; upper fore-corner of binding and text block bumped, with resulting faint marginal corner-creasing throughout; text clean, tight and unmarked. A solid, Very Good copy.

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