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The Florence King Reader
Florence King has made the past two decades the venue for an astonishing, fiercely witty, and altogether unique writing career. Humorist, memoirist, essayist, critic, reviewer--none of these does full justice to her name (just as unreconstructed Southerner, gun-toting right-wing feminist, high-church Episcopal athiest, postmenopausal misanthropic monarchist fails to convey the full scope of her persona). She is that rare creature in contemporary American writing, a critic in the grand tradition, beholden to no ideology or interest beyond her own sense of what is smart and what is stupid. She is, among other things, a columnist for National Review; a book reviewer for The New York Times; the author of a classic autobiography, several books of general essays, a satirical novel, and books on themes as diverse as Southerners, men, and misanthropy. Her forebearers include Bierce, Mencken, Parker; among her admirers today are P.J. O'Rourke, Alistair Cooke, and George Will.
The Florence King Reader is the book her fans have been waiting for: The author herself has combed twenty years of work, and the result is this irresistible distillation of the best of King. Here are a complete novel, When Sisterhood Was in Flower, long out of print; selections from her other books (including the classic Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady); a chapter from her long-lost historical novel, The Barbarian Princess (cultists take note!); and dozens of her always memorable reviews and uncollected essays.
King beginners will find here a crash course in the world of literature's own Genghis Khan; aficionado's will find, finally, all the classic Florence that has slipped out of print. All will find themselves delighted--shocked, perhaps, often stunned or debilitated by laughter, but always delighted.