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A Raintree County Reading List

Hamilton Basso, "Two Novels," in The New Yorker, 10 Jan 1948.

Howard Mumford Jones, "Indiana Reflection of U. S. 1844-92," in Saturday Review, 3 Jan 1948.

Charles Lee. "Encompassing the American Spirit," in New York Times Book Review, 4 Jan 1948.

John Leggett, Ross and Tom: Two American Tragedies (Simon & Schuster 1974). Sadly, this book isn't sourced. Cited herein as [RL]

Ernest Lockridge, Skeleton Key to the Suicide of My Father, Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County (Global Enterprises 2011; Createspace 2014). I am quoting from the Kindle e-book, also dated 2011. The book is fascinating but should be treated with skepticism. Cited herein as [EL]

Larry Lockridge, Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County (Viking Penguin 1994; Indiana University Press 2014). The author's second son, Larry followed his father to Indiana University and Harvard, though he actually completed the Ph.D and became a professor of English, teaching at Harvard, Rutgers, Northwestern, and NYU. Curiously, his professional name is Laurence S. Lockridge, though he reverted to the short form when writing what is by all means the best study of his father's life. I quote from the 2014 "Centennial Edition" from IU Press, which I cite as [LL].

Ross Lockridge Jr., "The Great Footrace," in Life, 8 Sep 1947, pp. 108-110+.

Ross Lockridge Jr., Raintree County (Houghton Mifflin 1948; Eagle Books 1948; Dell 1957; Chicago Review Press 2007. Translated into Swedish as Regnbräts Land 1949, into Norwgian as Den Store Dagen 1950, into Spanish as El Arbol de la Vida 1958, into Finnish as Sadepuun maa 1959, and into various other languages over the years. Filmed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios 1957). I quote from the Houghton Miffline first edition, which I cite as [RC].

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