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ID
b69
Title
Harvest Moon
Genre
Story
Page Count
9
Word Count
1770
Publisher
Courier
Frontier and Midland
New Statesman and Nation
Publication Year
1934
Document Types
Autobiographical
Topics
Youth, Coming of Age

In the full-moonlight barley harvest, a boy of nine and a girl of fourteen explore both the countryside and their emotions, she with an awakening sexuality and he not yet interested. The boy's name of Alexander connects the piece to Alexander and The White Pony, and to Bates's childhood. In the New Statesman and Nation (January 20, 1934), Frontier and Midland (May 1934), Cut and Come Again (1935), Country Tales(1938), Country Tales(1940), Selected Stories (1957), The Poison Ladies & Other Stories (1976). Reprinted in the Courier (October 1948).