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

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson

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

A Turn in the South by VS Naipaul

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!”