By Ron Rash

ISBN-10: 0062349368

ISBN-13: 9780062349361

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From the seriously acclaimed, award-winning writer of Serena and The Cove, thirty-four of his most interesting brief tales, accumulated in a single volume.

No one captures the complexities of Appalchia—a rugged, brutal panorama of beautiful beauty—as evocatively and indelibly as writer and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O'Connor overseas brief tale Award, O. Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions among the normal and the trendy, the outdated and the hot south, tenderness and violence, guy and nature. even though his concentration is neighborhood, the topics of Rash's paintings are common, impressive an emotional chord that resonates deep inside every one of our lives.

Something wealthy and Strange showcases this acclaimed master's artistry and craftsmanship in thirty-two tales culled from formerly released collections and to be had for the 1st time in publication shape: "Outlaws" and "Shiloh."

Each paintings of brief fiction demonstrates Rash's amazing skill to awaken the guts and soul of this land and its people—men and ladies inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them. choked with suspense and delusion, desire and heartbreak, and instructed in language that flows like "shimmering, liquid poetry" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Something wealthy and Strange is an iconic paintings from an American literary virtuoso.

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Though his school generally provided a good atmosphere for learning, Maury was occasionally distracted from the life of the mind. He grumbled about the Two-Penny Act. Passed the same year Jefferson began attending his school, this legislation fixed the parsons’ salaries at two pence per pound of tobacco and effectively reduced their salary by two-thirds. By no means alone in his dissatisfaction with the Virginia legislature, Maury would become the central figure in the Parson’s Cause, as the issue came to be called.

41 Though Maury enhanced Jefferson’s appreciation of the English language, he was fueling flames kindled by Jefferson’s boyhood reading of belletristic essays in his father’s library. Maury’s most important contribution to Jefferson’s education remains the classical knowledge he gave him. In a letter to Joseph Priestley, Jefferson ably conveyed his love of ancient languages: I think the Greeks and Romans have left us the purest models which exist of fine composition, whether we examine them as works of reason, or of style and fancy; and to them we probably owe these characteristics of modern composition.

Thomas Walker, friend, neighbor, and family physician, was making professional visits to Shadwell on an increasingly frequent basis. In July, Peter felt concerned enough about the state of his health to make a will. Around the time of his father’s death, Thomas broke off his studies with Douglas to return to Shadwell. No firsthand accounts of Peter Jefferson’s funeral survive, but his Book of Common Prayer, which details the actions that should be taken and the words that must be spoken during the burial of the dead, functions as a record of the event in retrospect.

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