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This is a brief discussion of Josephine Pinckney and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Pinckney.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Pinckney: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Pinckney tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Pinckney worthy; in sum, to help you rank Josephine Pinckney (and the works by Pinckney listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.
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There is no dedicated web site, and not a lot overall, though there is an informative single page, Josephine Lyons Scott Pinckney. Beyond that, Fantasy & Science Fiction has a utile review by Jason Van Hollander of Great Mischief, and there is Great Mischief: A Review by Mark R. Jones at his blog.
And that’s pretty much it: surprising (and sad) for a light that shone so bright not so many decades ago.
(“…an award-winning, best-selling author whose work critics frequently compared to that of Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and Isak Dinesen”).
Though Pinckney is mentioned in several works, the only one (I could find) focussed on her is A Talent for Living: Josephine Pinckney and the Charleston Literary Tradition, by Barbara L. Bellows. One can derive further information about Pinckney herself from some of the many published reviews of that book.
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