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Fleming, Berry 1899-1989

Works: 55 works in 159 publications in 1 language and 5,019 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Chronologies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3511.L4413, 813.52
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Colonel Effingham's raid by Berry Fleming( Book )

10 editions published between 1943 and 2015 in English and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in 1940 Georgia, [this book] is the story of W. Seaborn Effingham, Colonel U.S. Army, retired, who returns to his home town of Fredericksville. The colonel offers to write a weekly column for a local paper, covering the war in Europe. But after many years away from Fredericksville, Effingham doesn't understand how its citizens have abdicated all government to a small, one-party clique, the Home Folks Party. In his colorful, detailed account of Revolutionary and Civil War local history, with occasional attention paid to the growing World War, the Colonel's column stirs up the powers that be. The community is split over whether to renovate or tear down the town courthouse, and there's a showdown in which Effingham is a catalyst. Fleming's barbs seem gentle, but they go deep in this delightful satire as we watch the odd, single-minded, thoroughly upstanding Colonel bring to bear the forces of honesty and common sense. Although the ending isn't officially a victory for him, Effingham really does win"--
The fortune tellers by Berry Fleming( Book )

6 editions published in 1951 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain Bennett's folly by Berry Fleming( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain Bennett's Folly is a direct descendant of Fleming's earlier comic novels, Colonel Effingham's Raid and Lucinderella. Like them, there is a narrator--in this case Walker Williams--who reports an adventure replete with rogues and innocents, while making an artful, funny and wistful case about the immorality of our times. Walker spins out a tale of how he and his hedonistic family journey to the Florida Keys during the hurricane season in order to prevent rich Uncle Nolan Bennett--"pushing eighty but not pushing very hard"--Marrying his young housekeeper and supplanting them as his legitimate heirs. The scheming relatives, however, have a tough adversary in the eccentric Uncle Nolan, and his struggles to escape from their manipulation are at the core of Fleming's yarn
Autobiography of a colony; the first half-century of Augusta, Georgia by Berry Fleming( Book )

5 editions published between 1957 and 2009 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucinderella : a novel by Berry Fleming( Book )

6 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comic third novel in our Berry Fleming series centers on Lucinda, a local girl-makes-good, who returns on her psychoanalyst’s suggestion to Fredricksville, Georgia, in order to “find herself.” A successful author and playwright in New York City, she poses a distinct problem for the residents of The Homestead—a large, communal home left to any member of the Telfair family who wishes to stay—since all of the characters in her novels and plays are based upon her relatives’ antics. And the members of the Telfair clan, for their part, prefer to keep their private comings and goings out of the public eye. Hustlers, hoteliers, swindlers and drunkards, bankers and bank robbers, madams and prostitutes, northern aristocrats and southern gentry, and plain old-fashioned working people are all in Lucinderella, enlivened by the deliciously satirical eye of one of the South’s most extraordinary novelists
The winter rider by Berry Fleming( Book )

7 editions published between 1960 and 2015 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They meet by chance on a Georgia road: William Wesley Johns, a middle-aged novelist with a manuscript to mail, and the girl with two fiddle cases who hitches a ride. In a lonesome spot the fan belt breaks, so Johns and the girl, Jo, who is as independent as a bird and as spontaneously musical, set out through the woods to find help. What they find instead is an absorbing adventure, a cast of backwoods people, and a strange journey down a haunting river. The bizarre events among the primitive people they meet in the woods parallel the discovery by Johns of the subterranean realities of his own life, which he has tried to ignore. At the center is the girl, intuitive and unpredictable, who is responsible both for the adventure and for the discovery. Brilliantly conceived and executed, The Winter Rider was originally published by Lippincott in 1960, when Berry Fleming was 61 years old. The novel is filled with the spellbinding imagery and introspection that mark Mr. Fleming’s serious fiction
The make-believers by Berry Fleming( Book )

9 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sprawling novel concerns the lives of two generations in one family; of their loves both licit and illicit, of their work, and of their personal triumphs and tragedies. It is a story, at first, about the three Woodruff brothers: Peter, a businessman, Leonard, an artist, and Ike, an attorney and member of Congress who risks his political career to prevent a lynching and bring justice to a black man falsely accused of murder. And it is about George Islar, a thoughtful physician, and his beautiful wife, Margaret, who is loved by Leonard. It is a triumphant expression of the human spirit, of the artist and of the forces that inevitably mold the lives of each succeeding generation, told by a modern master who has lived to see all of the ages of man about which he so consummately writes
Siesta by Berry Fleming( Book )

12 editions published between 1935 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This densely populated saga by a Georgia-based writer is very much of its time and place: the year 1932, the place an Alabama-Georgia border town large enough to contain a wide spectrum of characters, small enough to be seen in the round. The sweltering August atmosphere is deadening, the procession of characters singly and in narrative clusters, often introduced with a biographical prologue is long and winding. A kindly doctor and his corrupt son (who may have seduced and betrayed the beautiful mulatto nurse); the cotton tycoon and his long-time mistress; the ballet dancer, son of a humble Jewish shoemaker, returned from the great world; the neurasthenic poet, a hapless rich boy preyed upon by a parasitic couple; the gifted young pianist who loses the drive to go to Vienna and conquer the musical world. Then there are the requisite adultery, suicide, abortion, homosexuality, blackmail, even a possible murder and the accusation of the innocent. --Publishers Weekly
Who dwelt by a churchyard : a novel by Berry Fleming( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who Dwelt by a Churchyard centers around an old man about to move, who & mdash;as he sits before a fireplace throwing ancient photographs upon the flames & mdash;recalls the major events in his life. It is a stunning, moving work, written with great economy, and yet so richly textured that it gives one a feeling of having digested a work of fiction twice its length: an end of life novel that is clearly up to Fleming & rsquo;s own highest standards
The acrobats, a comedy in two acts by Berry Fleming( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play of fantasy involving Death at a carnival
The affair at Honey Hill : a novel by Berry Fleming( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This wintry tale, filled with wonderful stream-of-consciousness impressions, is set in December, 1864, and follows middle-aged, Confederate enlisted-man Edwin Daws as he is wounded, taken prisoner and wearily reflects on an old love. The war has brought Daws back to Honey Hill Plantation, where, 18 years earlier, he had loved Julia, daughter-in-law of his employer. At the time, Julia's husband was fighting in the Mexican War, and Daws may be father to her second son. Daws finally sees and speaks with Julia in nearby Savannah, as Sherman continues his savage march, but the denouement is not what he expects. Daws and the reader are jolted, shockingly and effectively. There's no happy ending here, for anyone, but Fleming's kaleidescopic texture--the slant of sunlight, the clinging to antebellum gentility--will enchant readers right through the bittersweet finale
To the market place by Berry Fleming( Book )

5 editions published between 1938 and 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family reunion and other stories by Berry Fleming( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bob Otis, an unmarketable author who is just starting his own publishing company in order to get his latest novels in print, is abruptly sidetracked when a relative, so distant that Otis doesn't even place him, phones from Chicago with a request: his father, who has just died, wishes to be buried in the family plot in a small town in Georgia. This call leads to another wonderful comedy of manners as Otis, whose Southern sense of Obligations won't permit him to totally avoid this undertaking, is reluctantly sucked into a family reunion at the burial site: a burial attended by a cast of wonderfully eccentric characters who also have no knowledge of the deceased
The lightwood tree by Berry Fleming( Book )

3 editions published in 1947 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Georgia teacher fights injustice and discovers that the price of liberty is vigilance
Country wedding by Berry Fleming( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in eastern Long Island, in an area reminiscent of the Hamptons, it is a tale about a wedding party: the bride and groom each apprehensive, but for different reasons. On the scene are a former lover of the bride's who makes a sudden appearance and a young swain who is equally taken with the bride-to-be
Two tales for autumn by Berry Fleming( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Captain Bennett's Folly": The story of how rich, elderly Uncle Nolan's noxious family descends on him to protect their inheritance is a contrived, weary comedy, replete with a variety of stereotypic characters and jarring transitions. Nolan is the uncle of narrator Walker Williams, who is sleeping with his sister--called Sisterbaby. Sisterbaby is pregnant, either by him or by a sexually compulsive psychologist named Mollenbrink. Nolan communicates with God and the Devil in dreams. --Library Journal
The bookman's tale by Berry Fleming( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<DIV>Berry Fleming was an American novelist. He is best known for his 1943 novel <I>Colonel Effingham's Raid</I>. He was born in 1899 and died in 1989. Permanent Press reissued several novels in the 80s. He received a resurgence in popularity with the publication of his last novel, <I>Captain Bennett's Folly</I>, in 1989 just months before his death. The work was favorably reviewed in <I>The New York Times</I>, among other publications, and since then many of his earlier neglected novels have been republished with more successful sales than during his lifetime.<br clear=""all"" /></DIV>
Autobiography of a city in arms : Augusta, Georgia, 1861-1865 by Berry Fleming( Book )

3 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

199 years of Augusta's library, a chronology by Berry Fleming( Book )

2 editions published in 1949 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carnival by Berry Fleming( Book )

3 editions published between 1953 and 1960 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Captain Bennett's folly
Alternative Names
Berry Fleming Amerikaans romanschrijver (1899-1989)

Berry Fleming écrivain américain

Fleming, Jiles Berry 1899-

Fleming, Jiles Berry 1899-1989

Берри Флеминг

بری فلمینگ

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Autobiography of a colony; the first half-century of Augusta, GeorgiaThe make-believersSiestaWho dwelt by a churchyard : a novelFamily reunion and other stories