Rilla Askew: Harpsong (1658 words)


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Rilla Askew’s novel, Harpsong (2007), follows a collection of short stories, Strange Business (1992) and two novels: The Mercy Seat (1997) and Fire in Beulah (2001). A subsequent novel, Kind of Kin (2013), was followed by a collection of essays, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place (2017). Askew’s work to date offers a fictionalized history of Oklahoma, with her settings and characters set in various periods of social and historical conflict. Much of her fiction is set in recognized places, often employing actual historical figures along with her created characters and scenes.

Although Harpsong does not use actual figures, her lead m…

Citation: Hada, Ken. "Harpsong". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 May 2021 [, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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