Winter 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 1 Book Reviews |

Southern Stories

The Forest Of The South by Caroline Gordon. Scribner's. $2.50. Since the novel and the short story involve two disciplines which are kept apart in theory, the writer who practices both successfully is likely to be regarded as somewhat of a dual being, a Jekyll of the miniature view and a Hyde sweeping over a broad canvas. In Caroline Gordon's case, however, a boundary between the novelist and the writer of short fiction is difficult to draw. Structurally, a novel of hers may be hardly more than a collection of stories, and the present book, which brings together seventeen of her magazine pieces, unexpectedly suggests a novel in its selection and arrangement. The vignettes of the Civil War, the character sketches and anecdotes, the stories of hunting and fishing, childhood initiation and past-in-the-present, as we find them here, are very little different from the same materials as Miss Gordon likes to weave them into a novelistic context. Three stories in particular—whose strategi

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