The Creek

The Creek I had met only two or three of the neighboring Crackers when I realized that isolation had done something to these people They have a primal quality against their background of jungle hammock moss hu

  • Title: The Creek
  • Author: J.T. Glisson Rip Torn
  • ISBN: 9780813011851
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • I had met only two or three of the neighboring Crackers when I realized that isolation had done something to these people They have a primal quality against their background of jungle hammock, moss hung against the tremendous silence of the scrub country The only ingredients of their lives are the elemental things Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, March 1930, in a lette I had met only two or three of the neighboring Crackers when I realized that isolation had done something to these people They have a primal quality against their background of jungle hammock, moss hung against the tremendous silence of the scrub country The only ingredients of their lives are the elemental things Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, March 1930, in a letter to Alfred S Dashiell of Scribner s Magazine Except for one extended black family and one writer from up north, folks from Cross Creek were ornery, independent Crackers, J T Glisson writes in this memoir of growing up in the backwoods of north central Florida The time spanned the late twenties to the early fifties, and isolation and an abundance of mosquitoes and snakes were their claim to fame The writer was Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings In her 25 years at the Creek, Miz Rawlings was regarded as That Woman warm, high strung, and simply eccentric She drove recklessly, smoked in public, and had black spells A Pulitzer Prize did little to change her status In Cross Creek everyone had space to be a character and every character had a title the meanest, laziest, most pregnant, or best cat fisherman Describing day to day life in unaffected prose, Glisson s portraits include Charley, the fisherman who did his banking in a Prince Albert tobacco can nailed to a tree Bernie Bass, who spoke perfect Florida Cracker without polish Old Blue, young Jake Glisson s nuisance hog Aunt Martha Mickens, the matriarch of all the blacks at the Creek including Henry, the first critic to pass judgment on Jake s drawings and especially Jake s father, Tom, the man whose wisdom, boundless optimism, and colorful speech figure prominently in Rawlings s Cross Creek Of his famous neighbor, Tom once commented that when she gets her tail up above her head, her brain don t work Glisson s own finely detailed pencil and pen and ink drawings illustrate these vignettes, and he explains that the idea of earning his living as an artist first came to him when he saw Rawlings s books illustrated with such vivid pictures that he could smell the sawgrass, sweat, and gunpowder of the Creek No wonder One edition of The Yearling the story of a deer and a boy Jake s own age was illustrated by N C Wyeth, who visited Cross Creek and chatted about drawing it s a matter of seeing and practice while eleven year old Jake watched him sketch Tom Glisson died while his son was enrolled in art school in Sarasota three years later Miz Rawlings died, and an era ended Today J T Glisson lives four and a half miles from the house where he grew up When there s a breeze from the south, he writes, he sits on his porch and listens to the soft rustling of palmetto fronds, almost embarrassed by the beauty of his memories J T Glisson has been an illustrator, publisher, and businessman

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    • 49. The Creek by J. T. Glissonpublished: 1993format: 267 page Paperback, with cover art and illustrations by the author. acquired: sent by a friend, and friend of the author, with autograph, in Octoberread: Nov 17-22rating: 4J.T. Glisson is in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ 1942 memoir Cross Creek, her version of his entire boyhood laid out in a paragraph. Cross Creek is a small place in central Florida, somewhere southeast of Gainesville, between two large lakes and made up mostly of swamp, orange [...]


    • Immensely enjoyable and entertaining! I found myself thoroughly immersed/implanted in the hammocks and lakes with the writer and his friends. The one thing that clearly stands out for me is the comraderie the inhabitants of Cross Creek endured (through good and bad). I wonder if there is such a place that exists in these days and times, and if so, I'd like to be a part of that wonderful and inviting environment.


    • My friend Allen Shadd and I have fished Lake Lochloosa and Orange Lake many, many times. He recently recommended this book and I'm glad he did. Wonderful stories of life on Cross Creek in the 1930's. Real rural Florida, real people.


    • Wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did . . . a friend loaned it to me, it's the story of a "Cross Creek" native growing up in rural, backwoods Florida during the 1930s and 1940s, as a neighbor of Marjorie Kinnon Rawlings. Glisson writes extremely well & has good stories to tell; he's very good at bringing people and scenery to life. Also good to hear about Cross Creek from a Cracker native. He's always very respectful of Mrs. Rawlings but does bring a different perspective of the ar [...]


    • A story about a boy (J.T. Glisson) and his family living in Cross Creek, Florida. His Dad makes a living fishing the lakes and J.T helps out with fishing and hunting the swamps and lakes. His neighbor is Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. She is not a very likeable person most of the time. I saw the movie Cross Creek but according to this book, not much of the movie was true. Anyway, it was a fun read, life, death and some humor, I enjoyed it.


    • Knowing this area of Florida made this an especially enjoyable read. Wonderful memoir of small central Florida town during the Depression, when the residents didn't know they know they were poor because their lives were so rich. Author was neighbor of Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlins.


    • To me this book is even more fun to read than Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's Cross Creek. Lot more complete view of the rural community at the creek. Don't know if Marjorie would have been too pleased with her portrayal.


    • I really enjoyed The Creek. I found it so interesting to read about Cross Creek but from a different point of view. As my friend Tracy said "I liked the idea of reading the recollections of a "native" as opposed to someone that came there as an adult."


    • His memories of Cross Creek. I read most of this book while staying at the Herlong Inn in Mianopy Florida in Feb. 2000. -- Good


    • Based on the Rawling Cross Creek story. The author was a neighbor of Ms. Rawling and gives a different perceptive on life in old Florida


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