Too Much Flesh and Jabez

American Literature Series
Coleman Dowell

Coleman Dowell’s “Southern Gothic” is a novel about sexual repression. Miss Ethel, a spinster school teacher, decides to write what she calls a “perverse tale” about one of her former students, a Kentucky farmer named Jim Cummins. Endowing him with unnaturally large genitals, she spins a tawdry tale of his frustrated relationship with his petite wife. Expressing all the bitterness of “an old woman’s revenge,” Miss Ethel’s tale is nonetheless a sensitive depiction of rural life in the early years of World War II.

Dowell’s masterful use of the tale-within-a-tale to explore psychological states makes Too Much Flesh and Jabez a memorable achievement.

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Publication: American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 151
ISBN-13: 9780916583217
GTIN13: 9780916583217
Publication date: 4/1/1987
Language: eng
List price: $9.95