Caroline Gordon's Ghosts: The Women on the Porch as Southern Gothic Literature by Tanfer Emin Tunc Soon after its publication in 1944, Caroline Gordon's The Women on the Porch -- her sixth novel -- generated two reviews in The New York Times. The first, by Orville Prescott, noted that the novel's dust jacket depicted "the figure of a young woman fleeing from the nameless terrors of a dark forest," and that the "encircling gloom that menaces her . . . billows and eddies through the pages of [the] cryptic and peculiar novel" (17). Prescott also conveyed that Gordon's latest work wandered "through a series of spirals and convolutions of time and place and thought, slipping from the stream of consciousness of one character to that of another, from Tennessee to New York, from the present to the past" (17). The result was an "elusive [and] haunting," "taut and twisted," work that like the novels of "a number of her fellow Southern[ers]" shared "a preoccupation with death and decay and destruction . . . [While] she does not engage in the ghoulish melodramatics of Faulkner . . . her sense of doom and frustration is [just] as great" (Prescott
The Southern Literary Journal – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Feb 13, 2013
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