About Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings | Literary Legacy

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings had wanted to be a writer ever since she was a young girl, and she was determined to make her mark on the American literary scene. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, she married fellow writer Charles Rawlings and worked as a journalist for a number of years. But it was her move to Cross Creek in 1928 that inspired her greatest literary success.

Marjorie Rawlings did most of her writing on her front screened porch, working at her typewriter set on a round table built by her first husband, Charles Rawlings.

Her love of the land and its creatures and the people she met in her new home gave her a new literary vision. Her short stories began to appear in national magazines, and by 1933, her first novel, South Moon Under, was published to critical acclaim.

Her best known work is The Yearling, which earned her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and an enduring place in American literature. Cross Creek, her evocative and lyrical "love story to a place," is an often-hilarious view of her neighbors that also reveals the profound bond with the natural world that pervades her stories and novels.

Visitors to the Rawlings home will sometimes find staff members cooking in the kitchen, preparing some of the dishes she shared with her readers in Cross Creek Cookery. Although most of her stories are placed in this isolated part of old Florida, they reveal a wider vision of the world and a sense of the cosmic forces that rule the lives of the men and women. Three of her works have been made into motion pictures, The Yearling, Gal Young Un', and Cross Creek.


Selected Bibliography

Books by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  • South Moon Under, 1933
  • Golden Apple, 1935
  • The Yearling, 1938
  • When the Whippoorwhil, 1940
  • Cross Creek, 1942
  • Cross Creek Cookery, 1942
  • The Sojourner, 1953
  • The Secret River, 1955
  • The Marjorie Rawlings Reader, Edited by Juila Scribner Bigham, 1956 
  • Short Stories by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, edited by Roger Tarr, 1994 
  • Poems by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Songs of a Housewife, edited by Roger Tarr, 1996 
  • Blood of My Blood, edited by Anne Blythe Meriwether, 2002
  • Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Anna Lillios, 2010

Books About Rawlings and the Creek

  • Frontier Eden: The Literary Career of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Gordon Bigelow, 1966 
  •  The Selected Letters of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Edited by Gordon Bigelow and Laura V. Monti, 1983 
  •  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Sojourner at Cross Creek, Elizabeth Silverthorne, 1988 
  • Invasion of Privacy: The Cross Creek Trial of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Patricia Nassif Acton, 1988 
  • Idella, Marjorie Rawlings' "Perfect Maid", Idella Parker, 1992 
  •  The Creek, J.T. Glisson, 1993 
  • Cross Creek Kitchens, Sally Morrison and Kate Barnes, 1993 
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and the Florida Crackers, Sandra Wallus Sammons and Nina McGuire, 1995
  • Vegetable Gardening in Florida, James M. Stephens, 1999 
  • From Reddick to Cross Creek, Idella Parker, 1999 
  • Max & Marjorie (Letters Between Maxwell Perkins and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings), Edited by Rodger Tarr, 1999
  • The Private Marjorie (Letters from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to Norton S. Baskin), Edited by Rodger Tarr, 2004
  • The Uncollected Writings of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Collection of juvenilia, college writing, newspaper pieces, and stories of life in Florida), Edited by Rodger L. Tarr and Brent E. Kinser, 2007 
  • ​Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Anna Lillios, 2010
  • Hamaca Happenings at Cross Creek, James M. Stephens, 2013
  • Cross Creek Readers Guide (An Illustrated Quick-Reference Guide to Cross Creek), James M. Stephens, 2008