Southern Books

Although many people are familiar with the classics of Southern literature – To Kill A Mockingbird, Beloved, or As I Lay Dying – this sub-genre has a lot more to offer than the often-used texts that grace the syllabi of well-intentioned high school English teachers. Whether they describe pre-Civil Rights black culture or some nuanced portion of Southern history or the salacious exploits of two lazy drunks, these lesser-known works of Southern literature offer a whole range of unique and wondrous perspectives on the South that many readers never experience. Just click on the red title to read the post:

Three Books: Southern History  •  Three Books: The Modern South

Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith  •  Train Whistle Guitar by Albert Murray

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy  •  The Dog Star by Donald Windham

Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps  •  A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest Gaines

Three posts on August Wilson:

The Piano Lesson  •  Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  •  Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Three posts on William Faulkner:

“The Dixie Limited, Part One” • “The Dixie Limited, Part Two”

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