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From: "Janice Reed" <>
Subject: [ARIZARD] Book about IC??
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 16:12:00 -0500
The Abilene Morning News - Abilene, Texas - Friday, March 27, 1936 - Page 16
The Literary Guidepost - By JOHN SELBY
"Rabble Rouser," by Charles Morrow Wilson; (Longmans Green).
Another addition to regional literature comes today, a novel by Charles Morrow Wilson about Izard County, Ark., and the people thereof. It is an addition of note, partly because Mr. Wilson has not buried his story in local color, and partly because it takes the outside world into Izard County in a very appropriate and very possible way. The
Izardians are not made to seem completely out of the world, as certain writers might have done. They are merely defenseless against one of the instruments of "civilization," namely a grasping power company. Nor are they quite defenseless, for there is Cabe Hargis. Cabe is introduced in a scene which, although it includes the traditional Ozark dawging, is the best that has gone over this desk in a long while. The scene introduces also a visiting -politician, bored among his constituents, incapable, stupid and crooked. It is he who snatches Cabe out of the fields and into the Izard County version of the law and politics, Cabe is one of those rare people who can be natural and homely and a part of the landscape without losing himself in it. He has a spine of ambition and a brain, and before the book is ended he has gone places-only to return to the starting point. But the young man's charm is made credible by the author, and when so much of it is bound up in setting as is the case in "Rabble Rouser," this is no easy accomplishment. Mr. Wilson has done at least three things, all in the compass of one rather short novel: he has created one first rate character and many lesser ones; he has done a worthy love story, and he has shown the political means through which some corporations manage to skin the public. This in addition to a vivid, moving picture of Izard County.
MY NOTE: HAS ANYONE EVER HEARD OF OR SEEN THIS BOOK???? JANICE