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Crussell, Liz

Works: 1 works in 3 publications in 1 language and 1,701 library holdings
Genres: Biography 
Classifications: PS3535.A845, 813.52
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Most widely held works by Liz Crussell
Idella Parker : from Reddick to Cross Creek by Idella Parker( )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is the one Idella Parker's fans begged her to write - the illustrated story that tells what happened before and after she worked for Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and adds frank new details to her earlier memoir about her years as cook, housekeeper, and confidante to Florida's Pulitzer Prize winner." "In 1940, when a comic misunderstanding brought the plucky young black woman and the strong-minded author of The Yearling together, Idella already had left home several times - once, at fifteen, to teach in a segregated school, and later to work as a domestic in West Palm Beach. At age 26 she was back in rural Reddick - fleeing from "a romance gone bad" with a smooth-talking fellow in shiny shoes - when Mrs. Rawlings' big cream-colored Oldsmobile, with a bird dog in the back seat, pulled into her mother's yard." "During the next decade, while Idella cooked and served, Rawlings entertained some of the country's most famous writers and celebrities (including Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, and Ernest Hemingway) at her homes in Cross Creek and Crescent Beach, Florida, and Van Hornsville, New York." "Tracing events back, again, to her hometown, Idella comments on the changing times and offers counsel to young people about the values of work, education, and racial understanding. With 126 photographs, this book adds fresh memories to existing information about Rawlings' life and presents an intimate social history of black life in rural central Florida throughout this century."--BOOK JACKET
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Idella Parker : from Reddick to Cross Creek