Before the turn of the century, King was a respected author of realist fiction and biographical and historical studies. Her stories were favorably received and well regarded by critics. After 1900, King's reputation gradually declined, and her reputation was summed up in 1980 as that of "a competent realist" ( Mainiero 458). More recent critical works on King have once again reevaluated her literary merits. Helen Taylor states that King's works "are of considerable relevance to modern literary scholars, since she is one of the very few American women writers who have confronted the problems of race and gender in relation to regional political and social concerns" (28). Critic Linda Coleman expands upon Taylor's claim and concludes: "When the complex links between sexism and racism are understood as a compounding of materials and spiritual difference and deprivation . . . King appear[s] in an at once more sympathetic and more critical light" (33). Coleman goes on to acknowledge that although King was a significant figure in her day, until recently she had been ignored at least in part because of her "white-apologist position on race" (33). Based on the wealth of recent critical works on King, it appears as though she is having a revival at present.
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