Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches


Dublin Core


This collection of short stories follows the unique inhabitants of a Southern, Florida city. Each section opens with a poem that relates to each character being explored. The series begins with John Rodman, a "keeper of the dead," who formerly served in the Civil War on the Union side. Another short story, "Sister St. Luke" is set at Pelican Island, which is located between Melbourne and Vero Beach. The other individuals explored thereafter are wholly their own and, though their tales may intersect at times, they are most assuredly the focus in each section.

It is hard to identify specific locations in this story, but due to her time living here and intimacy with the city, Miss Woolson has created a fictionalized version, as confirmed by a reference to the Minorcan descendants.
Constance Fenimore Woolson is the grandniece of well-known American novelist, James Fenimore Cooper. She lived in Florida in the late 1870s before moving to Italy in 1879. Her Florida-based short stories are considered her best, and she originally published them in serialized magazines in the 1870s.


PS3362 .R64 2012

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Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches


1st edition:
New York: D. Appleton and Company

[London]: Forgotten Books



Paperback book





Race Relations
Short Stories, Vignettes, or Poetry


Statehood to 1887

Accrual Method


Has Format

Available for free on HathiTrust. [1st edition]


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Mason, Walter Scott. The People of Florida as Portrayed in American Fiction. Nashville, TN: George Peabody College for Teachers, 1949.

McCarthy, Kevin. M. The Book Lover’s Guide to Florida. 1st ed. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, 1992.

Bibliographic Citation

1st edition:
Woolson, Constance Fenimore. Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1880.

Woolson, Constance Fenimore. Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches. [London]: Forgotten Books, 2012.


Constance Fenimore Woolson, “Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches,” St. Augustine Fiction, accessed July 17, 2024,