Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Robber Bridegroom
Eudora Welty


Legendary figures of Mississippi’s colorful past – keel-boatman Mike Fink and the dread Harp brothers – along with characters from Eudora Welty’s own delightful imagination people this rollicking fantasy set along the Natchez Trace. Berry-stained bandit Jamie Lockhart steals pioneer wilderness planter Clement Musgrove’s beautiful daughter, Rosamond, away from a home dominated by his ugly, evil second wife, Salome. These and other characters are gathered together in a tale at once acid and gentle, wise and lighthearted, woven as much from the rough homespun of American history as the gossamer thread of fairy stories.

Paperback, 192pp
Mariner Books, 1978 (1942)
ISBN 9780156768078