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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Novel published telf-century ago Literary rival stirring around unknown Toronto woman NEW YORK (CP) A lit- erary revival is stirring arou- nd the works of a little-known Toronto woman whose only published novel appeared f, half-century ago with muoi critical acclaim but little lic interest and was quicWy forgotten. It now has been reprined and praised as a superb, ex- ample of the writing raft, and other unpublished, and once rejected, works fron her pen also are being pu, into print. The author was Edith Sum- mers Kelley, who was born in Toronto in 1884, came to New York after graduation from University of Toronto, lived for 50 years with a Greenwich Village artist and sculptor and died in California in 1956. Her novel is Weeds, the powerful story of an attract- ive and spirited Kentucky country woman whose search for a fuller life was thwarted by the vagaries of tobacco tenant farming. It was pub- lished in 1923 and was widely praised but largely unsold and both the book and Mrs. Kellev dropped out of sight. FOUND COPY Five years ago, Prof. Mat- thew J. Bruccoli of the Uni- versity of South Carolina, an authority on Ernest Heming- way and F. Scott Fitzgerald, came across a copy of Weeds in a New York bookshop. "When I read Weeds, I was convinced I had stumbled on a superb forgotten he said later. "By any test, it was first-rate: perfectly con- trolled, accurately observed and carefully written." He persuaded Southern Il- linois University Press to reprint the novel. It came out last fall and was widely ac- claimed by critics. Prof. Bruccoli then began to seek biographical details of Kelley, who was known to have been a strongly fe- minist writer and the mother of three children. They, too, had vanished. By coincidence, a copy of the reissued novel was bought by Patrick Kelley of Castro Valley, Calif., one of the chil- dren. He wrote to Prof. Bruc- coli. Kelley had in his cellar a bundle of his mother's unpub- lished manuscripts, including a novel, a novella, a number of short stories and some autobiographical material. The novel, The Devil's Hand, is to be published next year by Southern Illinois Uni- versity Press Magazine mar- kets are being sought for the other manuscripts. It now is known that Mrs Kelley, arriving in New York in 1905 after graduating from University of Toronto, an- swered a newspaper adver- tisement and became secre- tary to novelist Upton Sin- clair, who later described her as "a quiet, unpretentious litt- le woman, red-haired and bespectacled, and glad of ref- uge from the maulings of fate." Through Sinclair, -she met writer Sinclair Lewis and was engaged to Lewis briefly be- fore marrying his Yale room- mate, Allan Updegraff, a poet. They had two children, a daughter. Barbara, and a son, Ivor, both of whom still are living. That marriage was dis- solved and she went to live with C. Fred Kelley, an artist and sculptor in Greenwich Village. The Kelleys fell into hard times and Kelley tried his hand at tobacco farming in Kentucky and chicken farmi- ng near San Diego, Calif. Mrs. Kelley wrote Weeds in California. Mrs Kelley worked for a time as a charwoman until she and her husband could ac- cumulate enough money to move the family to Pacific Palisades, Calif', where both later died. iVhMBLl WAI I KflAV W-e PURCHASE SAVE 186 WITH THIS COUPON YOU MAY PURCHASE IAUNDIY DETERGENT DELSEY ASSORTED COLOURS BATHROOM CHEESE CHEER TISSUE SLICES LB.NETWT. PKG. FOR ONLY ROLL PKG. FOR ONLY CLOSING TUESDAY MART ONLY COUPON EFFECTIVE TIL CLOSING TUESDAY, SEPT. AT l-MART ONLY____________________ -t. COUPON EFFECTIVE 'TIL CLOSING TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 1973 AT L-MART ONLY PORK SALE ALL L-MART PORK IS CUT FROM GOVENMENT INSPECTED, GRAIN FED, YOUNG "PORKERS" SMOKED PORK PICNICS WHOLE or SHANK HALF SWEET SMOKED, SUGAR CURED PORK BUTT ROASTS BONELESS Ib. PORK LOIN CHOPS RIB or TENDERLOIN END CUTS PORK SIDE SPARERIBS LIGHTSIDE lb- PORK HOCKS. LB. FRESH BY THE PIECE ONLY SIDE PORK LB.' PRIME RIB ROASTS GOVERNMENT INSPECTED. CANADA GRADE 'A' STEER BEEF. TRIMMED RIGHT FOR EASY CARVING. LB. 29 MINCED BEEF GOVERNMENT IN- SPECTED. FRESH GROUND. RUPERT BRAND BREADED, PRECOOKED, FROZEN CODFISH STICKS 14 oz. pkg. 1 .19 LAURA SECORD- BUTTERSCOTCH, CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE FUDGE, VANILLA PUDDINGS PACK OF 5 fl. oz. tins 69 RED ROSE-GAUZE TEA RAGS 1 120'spkg. .89 2025 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE "COLLEGE MALL" 324 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE 420 6th STREET SOUTH "DOWNTOWN" STORE HOURS: Open dally 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Thuraday and Friday 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. "BETTER BUYS! MODERN STANDARD GRADE PEAS 14fl.OZ. tins WHITE OR COLOURED FACIAL TISSUE KLEENEX 200'S 2 ply pkg. BANQUET FROZEN ASSORTED FLAVOURS CREAM PIES net size MR. CLEAN LIQUID QQo 32 fi. oz. bottle W fl. oz. 9 279 PAPER TOWELS KLEENEX BOUTIQUE ASSORTED COLOURS 59 W W roll pkg. "FRESH FOR FLAVOUR" Alberta No. 1 Grade POTATOES 10 lb. poly bag SUNKIST ORANGES GRAPES TIL CLOSING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. 1973 THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES ;