Review of "The Lonesome Death of Billie Grayson"





POUNDS TELLS US  HIS SEVEN TALES OF MURDER SERVE AN INTENT TO "OFFER A SOCIAL HISTORY, ALBEIT IN MINIATURE."  "THE LONESOME DEATH OF BILLIE GRAYSON" IS INDEED SOCIAL HISTORY, BUT IT'S MORE: A UNIQUE BLEND OF HISTORY, SOCIOLOGY, AND MASTERFUL STORY-TELLING THAT SUSTAINS THE DEEP MORAL CONVICTION THAT "MERIT" EXISTS IN THE POOREST THINGS, AND THE POOREST PERSONS. IN POUNDS' SKILLFUL HANDS, LITERATURE REGAINS ITS SPIRITUAL POWERS.

Prof. Peter Casagrande
University of Kansas

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