"A collection of tales boiling with real estate dealers, egret
poachers, rumrunners, mango growers, sportsmen, land grubbers,
murderers, and mosquitoes. First printed in "The Saturday Evening
Post" during the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, these stories constitute a
rip-snorting glimpse back to a South Florida that now exists only
in memory."--"Miami Herald"
"Reflects the same concerns found in her better-known
non-fiction work--a fascination with the beauty of Florida and a
warning against its imminent destruction."--"Tallahassee
The subjects that would fire Marjory Stoneman Douglas's
enthusiasm for the rest of her life first appeared in her short
fiction published in the 1920s. Florida's most celebrated
environmentalist, the author of "The Everglades: River of Grass,"
wrote even then about protecting South Florida's fragile ecosystem
and the state's endangered species, about the dangers of
short-sighted land development, and about Florida history.
The nine stories in this first collection take place in a
scattering of South Florida settings--Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, the
Tamiami Trail, the Keys, the Everglades--and reveal the drama of
hurricanes and plane crashes, of kidnappers, escaped convicts, and
Editor Kevin McCarthy relates each story to Douglas's life and
points out the autobiographical touches which surface frequently in
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