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 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”

“I don’t hate it! I don’t hate it!”


A Turn in the South by VS Naipaul (1989)

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead by Randall Kenan (1993)

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter  (1989)

The South of Haunted Dreams by Eddy L. Harris (1993)

Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horowitz (1998)