Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories

By Doris Betts

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780684838052, 208pp.

Publication Date: May 22, 1998


Back in print at last, the nine beautifully crafted tales in Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories display Doris Betts at the top of her form: compassionate, witty, and unforgettable.

"The Ugliest Pilgrim" takes you into the adventures and into the heart of a disfigured young woman who has run away from her life in search of a better one. This award-winning story is the basis for the musical Violet, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. In "Hitchhiker," a wary secretary hitches a ride in a boat with a man hell-bent on saving fish; instead he saves her from the river -- and herself. And in the title story, Betts brilliantly captures the inner life of a teacher and writer struggling to control her classroom, her household, and her life.

About the Author
Doris Betts has published eight works of fiction, including "Heading West, Souls Raised from the Dead, " and "The Sharp Teeth of Love." The recipient of numerous awards for her writing, she is Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina and lives with her husband on a farm near Chapel Hill.

Praise For Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories

Robert Tallant The New York Times A master of the short story form.

Clyde Edgerton Doris Betts is the only writer I know of, besides James Agee, who can make me feel as though I am touching what she is describing.