The Robber Bridegroom
by Eudora Welty
This is a fairy tale set in the American south by a master of Southern fiction. It was well-reviewed by the NYT when it came out in 1942 and I was inspired to read it after having read Atwood's The Robber Bride. The original tale is in the Brothers Grimm collection, and a variant of it is retold in Neil Gaiman's "The White Road." Welty's tale has the tempo and language of a classic fairy tale and blends in myths and legends from 18th century Mississippi.
This is one of my Classics Club titles and counts toward the Back to the Classics Challenge as a classic by an author who is new to me.