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Seller Inventory BTE Ten Thousand Charms Crossroads of Grace 1. Allison Pittman. Publisher: Multnomah , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. Mary Elizabeth's contribution to our understanding of the Ozark way of life is incalculable. When most writers of the Ozarks were male outsiders, her voice, as a woman born into the culture, immersed in it, and possessing both realistic and poetic insight into the land and its people, lets us envision the true Ozarks.
Mary Elizabeth's need to write began in her childhood when she and her little brother made their own pens from chicken feathers and their own ink from blackjack oak sprouts. Mary Elizabeth wrote one novel after another, and then tore them up. In , at age fourteen, she began her weekly correspondent column, rarely missing a week until three weeks before her death in , a total of almost 3, Writing the columns was as routine as the weekly wash. Yet, for her lifetime of writing, of which much was published, she received less than a thousand dollars total payment.
Modest about her writings, she didn't consider them literature, nor did she think of herself as a journalist. While in New York, the noted columnist, Haywood Broun, learning that she did not write about crime and, pointing out that her pay consisted only of a subscription to the paper and writing paper and stamps, intimated that she was not a real newspaper woman. Broun lived in a place of twenty-seven people and was married to the proprietor of the general store, maybe he wouldn't be so quick to send in stories that reflected on the residents.
She wrote for her neighbors. Her neighbors were satisfied. Many clipped out her columns, or some special poem to display on their walls. I've talked to older people who still treasure the clippings from her writings they have saved in scrapbooks and still remember some favorite poems. But what is more remarkable, young people today, exposed for the first time to her poems are still moved. I've used her poetry when speaking about the Ozarks to people from age four to ninety-four, to native Ozarkers and those who know nothing of the area. All come away understanding better the beauty of the human condition and our land.
The World of Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey
Perhaps her appeal, then and now, is that she wrote of the commonplace, the familiar. She said simply and beautifully what we almost know, but need to put into words. After her first visit with Mary Elizabeth in Oasis, she wrote, "We came away silent and admiring, withal a bit subdued, but with no words to describe this woman with the light in her face from the candle within her soul. Mary Elizabeth often made light of her "pomes," as she called them. One of her verses describes her feeling:.
Criticism did hurt her. Though written in the third person, this poem certainly is autobiographical:. In addition to May Kennedy McCord, there were other literary people in her own time who appreciated her work. Folklorist Vance Randolph wrote of her poems, "They are the only verses in which I have ever heard the authentic music of the Ozark hills.
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Pickens, Editor of Missouri Magazine, wrote in , " Even Mary Elizabeth's own mother, Ada Maria Betsy Prather, recognized that her daughter was the best in their family of writers. In she wrote from her home in California, "Dick [Mary Elizabeth's brother] and your father wrote a good deal, but your writings beat anything they ever did. One thing I admire about your articles they are so common, sensible. No high falutin' flowery heights of language that is far above the comprehension of common people. Though Mary Elizabeth's poetry covers many subjects, al lis woven with the threads of woman-hood--how a woman perceived life, how she coped in the male-oriented society of her time, how she survived the rugged life and the hardships that today boggle our minds.
I think the poem that best expresses Mary Elizabeth's life and philosophy is "Hollyhock Tea. Or turnips?
Come Ye Sinners (Ten Thousand Charms)
During the drought years of the s, which also coincided with the Depression years, about the only garden product that could be stored and eaten all winter was turnips. She is now on the adjunct faculty of Drury College. Living in stark, unpainted or tarpaper-cov-ered homes, the Ozarks woman used whatever scraps of materials she could find to make her own beauty. Compensating for their lack of time to enjoy or make artistic things, women became artists in their daily cooking. Mary Elizabeth showed understanding and tolerance in a time when a girl was ruined for fife if she had a "woods colt", or a child out of wedlock.
Mary Elizabeth's advice, and the example that she rived, was this that she gave to a lady filled with self-pity. In great literature life has been compared to many things--a road in the yellow wood, a candle that bums at both ends, to name two famous metaphors. Mary Elizabeth saw life as a worn fabric. Even contemplating her own death she was still attentive to the usefulness and importance of commonplace things:.
Springfield-Greene County Library. Her faith in God gives her the only strength she knows in a harsh new world. Belinda's journey takes her to a snow-covered mining camp and a red-roofed brothel in the Wyoming mountains, but not before she must spend a lonely winter with the man who took away the life she knew.
Throughout the grief and hope of a strange land, Belinda must decide if her faith is big enough to allow her to forgive. The satisfying conclusion to the Crossroads of Grace series, With Endless Sight offers a rich story of family, new beginnings, and the freedom that grace can bring. Before her recent success in fiction writing, Allison spent seventeen years teaching high school English.