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A national bestseller when first published in 1901, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch endures today as one of the most memorable literary creations by a Kentucky author. This immensely popular novel spawned several movies (with such stars as W.C. Fields and Shirley Temple), countless stage productions, radio shows, and even dolls.
Alice Hegan Rice spins the memorable tale of a family struggling against all odds in the Cabbage Patch, an old Louisville slum “where ramshackle cottages played hop-scotch over the railroad tracks.” This hopeful story follows the Wiggs as they face eviction from their dilapidated house and take in two orphanage fugitives. Out of print for many years, this charming, funny chronicle of hope triumphing over despair is finally available to a new generation of readers.
Alice Hegan Rice (1870–1942) was the author of twenty books, including the autobiography The Inky Way. She lived in Louisville, Kentucky.
"The stories of the Wiggs family are both heart-wrenching and hilarious, filled with Southern dialect and philosophy."—Kentucky Living
"To miss reading this story is to miss the brightest shade on the palette of Kentucky local color."—Southsider
"Endures today as one of the most memorable literary creations by a Kentucky author."—Union Co. (KY) Advocate
The University Press of Kentucky
Place of Publication
Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky authors, Domestic fiction
Rice, Alice Hegan, "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" (2004). Creative Writing. 5.