The Store

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For the UK television shopping channel, see The Store (TV channel).
First edition (Doubleday, Doran)

The Store is a 1932 novel by Thomas Sigismund Stribling. It won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1933. It is the second book of the Vaidan trilogy, comprising The Forge, The Store, and Unfinished Cathedral.[1] All three books in the trilogy have been kept in print since the mid-1980s by the University of Alabama Press.[2][3][4]


Where The Forge opened up at the beginning of the American Civil War and ended with the abolition of slavery, The Store picks up with the South establishing a new economic order.....

Plot summary[edit]

Colonel Miltiades Vaiden, a decorated Civil War Confederate officer, former overseer of Crowninshield plantation and head of local KKK chapter, personal and economic trials and tribulations during the Reconstruction period. The title, "The Store", is symbolic of Col. Milt's ethical and economic transition from post war poverty to economic independence, set against the "old plantation" culture. The novel describes in blunt language, the cultural stress the old plantation society and former slaves have in adjusting to the post war reconstruction.


  1. ^ "T. S. Stribling: Southern Literary Maverick" short biography by William E. Smith, Jr. at the University of North Alabama Collier Library website.
  2. ^ "University of Alabama Press page for The Store" retrieved 5-19-2014.
  3. ^ "University of Alabama Press page for The Forge" retrieved 5-19-2014.
  4. ^ "University of Alabama Press page for The Unfinished Cathedral" retrieved 5-19-2014.