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A rose by any other name

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Inset: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who died in 1953, works in her garden at her Cross Creek home. Her book, "The Yearling," won a Pulitzer Prize.

Florida Originals

A rose by any other name

Art Levy | 12/28/2016

While preparing for a literary conference last year, Keith Huneycutt, an English professor at Florida Southern College, learned that novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who died in 1953 at age 57, had two secret ambitions.

According to a 1990 Rawlings biography written by Elizabeth Silverthorne, Rawlings dreamed of winning a Nobel Prize in literature and also wanted a new variety of rose named after her.

Rawlings, whose former homestead in Cross Creek is now a state park, never won a Nobel, but she did win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel “The Yearling,” about a boy and his deer growing up in backwoods Florida.

As for the rose, that didn’t happen, but Huneycutt thought he might be able to do something about it.

 

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