Two stories, "Gift" and "Possum"

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Marianne Gingher (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: The two stories which comprise this thesis are paired for several reasons. First, they demonstrate a breadth of writing styles. "Gift" offers a more lyrical and descriptive prose whereas "Possum" evinces a lighter narrative style. Thematically the stories are similar although each story maintains its own integrity by virtue of the manner in which the themes are related. Conflicts of youth and age, the clashing of the values of tradition and modernity, the struggles of love and death both motivate and complicate the major characters of the stories. In these stories I have dealt almost exclusively with women of the rural South. The grievances and desires of these characters are scarcely limited by geography. I have attempted to portray characters who are unique without being freakish, familiar without seeming stereotypical, and, most importantly, sympathetic in their involvement within universally appreciated situations.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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