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Contemporary Poets, Dramatists, Essayists, And Novelists Of The South

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Overview

From the early 20th century to the present, Southern literary talent has flourished. The newer poets, dramatists, essayists, and novelists of this region often use their writings to explore the changing social values of the South, while also drawing upon traditional Southern values and culture. This reference work is a guide to the writings of 50 contemporary Southern poets, dramatists, essayists, and novelists.

Many of the authors profiled in this volume have established themselves as writers of lasting significance. However, the book also profiles the careers and work of authors who are emerging only now as masters of their art. Each chapter in this book is devoted to a single author, and arranged alphabetically for the reader's convenience. Each is written by an expert on the author, and includes a biographical sketch, a discussion of major themes, a survey of criticism, and a bibliography of works by and about the author. An introductory essay overviews modern Southern writing, and a selected, general bibliography concludes the work.

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From the early 20th century to the present, Southern literary talent has flourished. The newer poets, dramatists, essayists, and novelists of this region often use their writings to comment upon the changing social values of the South, while also drawing upon traditional Southern values and qualities. This reference presents profiles of 50 modern Southern writers of essays, poems, drama, and novels. Each profile critically comments upon the writer's work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313287657
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1994
  • Pages: 666
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT BAIN is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

JOSEPH M. FLORA is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Maya Angelou (1928-) 15
James Applewhite (1935-) 28
Daphne Athas (1923-) 41
Gerald [William] Barrax (1933-) 51
Wendell Berry (1934-) 63
Roy [Alton] Blount, Jr. (1941-) 75
David Bottoms (1949-) 84
Fred Chappell (1936-) 91
Alice Childress (1920-) 104
James Duff (1955-) 117
Wilma Dykeman (1920-) 128
Charles Edward Eaton (1916-) 136
Lonne Elder III (1931-) 152
Peter Steinam Feibleman (1930-) 161
Julia Fields (1938-) 173
George Garrett (1929-) 184
Nikki Giovanni (1943-) 197
Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-) 211
William Harmon (1938-) 225
Beth Henley (1952-) 238
Preston Jones (1936-1979) 249
Donald Justice (1925-) 260
Florence King (1936-) 270
Etheridge Knight (1933-1991) 280
LeRoy Leatherman (1922-1984) 291
Susan Ludvigson (1942-) 299
David Madden (1933-) 308
Jeff Daniel Marion (1940-) 319
Heather Ross Miller (1939-) 330
Jim Wayne Miller (1936-) 344
William Mills (1935-) 360
Robert Morgan (1944-) 370
Willie Morris (1934-) 377
Marsha Norman (1947-) 388
Guy Owen (1925-1981) 396
Ishmael Reed (1938-) 407
George Addison Scarbrough (1915-) 418
James Seay (1939-) 423
Eve Shelnutt (1941-) 434
Dave Smith (1942-) 444
R. T. Smith (1947-) 461
Dabney Stuart (1937-) 472
Henry [Splawn] Taylor (1942-) 481
Richard [Williford] Tillinghast (1940-) 493
Margaret Walker (1915-) 504
James Whitehead (1936-) 515
Jonathan Williams (1929-) 525
Miller Williams (1930-) 535
Tom Wolfe (1931-) 542
Charles Wright (1935-) 553
Appendix A: Supplementary Material on Three Contemporary Writers Included in Fifty Southern Writers after 1900 563
Appendix B: Contents of Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook 566
Appendix C: Studies of Southern Literature 569
Index 573
Contributors 635
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