Highway 51: Mississippi Hill Country


Photographs that illuminate Mississippi's rich but underexposed terrain
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Photographs that illuminate Mississippi's rich but underexposed terrain
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In Mississippi, Highway 51 runs from Southaven in the north to Natchez in the south, but no map tally can do justice to the diversity of this path through Magnolia State Hill Country. Gloria Norris's excellently executed Highway 51: Mississippi Hill Country captures the landscape, people, and way stations of this "All-American Road" in 90 revealing color photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604730982
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Norris's photographs are in the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art and many private collections. Her short stories set in Mississippi hill country have appeared in three O. Henry Short Story Awards annuals and her novel, Looking for Bobby, was set partly in this area. She served as editor-in-chief of the Book of the Month Club for many years.

Rick Bass is the author of over twenty books, including essay collections, short story collections, novellas, and novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

    Stunning and unique photographic portrait of a vanishing America

    In a series of highly evocative photographs, this handsome and revealing work opens to the non-Mississippian another vanishing "backwater" of America, the hill country of Northern Mississippi, which turns out to be as culturally interesting and worthy of preservation as the South Walker Evans photographed decades ago and captured in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Any number of eminent Americans connect to Highway 51, the artery that runs from Memphis, Tennessee south through the hills to Jackson, Mississippi. So we see Eudora Welty's bedroom and William Faulkner's woods, but also echoes of bluegrass and blues and hillbilly, and the graffiti-ed tributes of fans on the wall that surrounds Elvis' Graceland, and the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was gunned down. And we are surprised and touched by the more "ordinary" and anonymous Mississippians, black and white, old and young, rich and poor.

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