C. Robert Haywood, a Kansas native, is Professor of History and Vice-President Emeritus at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published professional books and articles in some forty journals, but this is his first book of fiction--one, he insists, which is not biographical.
Bobby Woodward tells of his adventures and misadventures in coping with "Mr. Hoover's Depression" in a small western Kansas town. He is cursed with the added burden of being a PK (Preacher's Kid), and with a FATE that could be either lucky or unlucky, but he is certainly blessed with a penchant for finding trouble and "tribulation." He is also blessed with an older brother who helps him "sort things out," regales him with tales of bold knights of old, and encourages him "to own" all the big words he can, which will then "mightily astound those college professors." He brings this mixture of benefits and liabilities to his contacts with school, the Methodist Episcopal Church-North, the Lucky Mr. "Pretty Boy" Floyd, an unpredictable baptism, a Texas-style burying, the town's profane blacksmith, a hasty marriage, tent shows, and the traveling, mummified body of John Wilkes Booth. Over it all hangs the dust, the Great Depression, and a growing awareness of life's farcical victories and survivable defeats.
"The Summer of 1931"
"Those God-Awful Knickers"
"Beauty Is Its Own Reward"
"Shadrach, Meshach, Deacon Halffoot and Ace in the Hole"
"The Day John Wilkes Booth's Body Came to Dalton, Kansas"
"The Davis Wedding"
"Black Sunday Baptism"
"The Lucky Mr. 'Pretty Boy' Floyd and the Depression"
"Grandpa Comes Home to Die"
"The Toby Shows and the Pygmies of Brazil"
"The Deep Hole Swimming Champion of Kansas"
"The Odd Fellows Lodge Fund"
The Preacher's Kid
by C. Robert Haywood
5-1/2" X 8-1/2"
110 pages paperback
Winner of the 1987 Kansas Authors Club J. Donald Coffin Award for Best Book Published by a member in the previous year.