Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

(1896 – 1953)


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a well-known American yearlmod1awriter who drew material for her stories from the rugged Alachua County region and, in particular, a small unincorporated community of Cross Creek, situated about 20 miles southeast of Gainesville.   In 1939, her book, The Yearling, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  This sentimental story, which tells how a 12-year-old boy grows up to the harsh facts of life praises her skill in reproducing the color, characters, speech, local customs and way of life of the backwoods of Florida.

Mrs. Rawlings wrote a non-fiction book "Cross Creek," about her seventy-two acre orange farm she had bought in the remote swamps of north-central Florida, near the hamlet of Hawthorn.