Highway 51: Mississippi Hill Country

Highway 51: Mississippi Hill Country

by Gloria Norris
     
 

From the blue suede intonations of Elvis's Graceland in Memphis to the columnar austerity of mansions along State Street in Jackson, Highway 51 flows, an artery of commerce, music, and literary interchange.

Highway 51 is the first photography book to focus on this storied route through Mississippi hill country, a defining but often overlooked region of the

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From the blue suede intonations of Elvis's Graceland in Memphis to the columnar austerity of mansions along State Street in Jackson, Highway 51 flows, an artery of commerce, music, and literary interchange.

Highway 51 is the first photography book to focus on this storied route through Mississippi hill country, a defining but often overlooked region of the state. In ninety color photographs Gloria Norris captures the landmarks, the beautiful and rugged scenery, the people, and their unforgettable music. Her images serve as a confirmation of tradition in this part of Mississippi and as a reminder of what has changed forever.

This road connects William Faulkner's fierce hill counties and Eudora Welty's resonant terrains, Elvis's hip-shaking boogies and R. L. Burnside's hypnotically grinding blues. Highway 51 depicts a natural world sometimes swept by violent tornadoes and rainstorms but dominated by rolling, green landscapes and a society that still lives close to the soil. In Norris's photographs, people and places reveal the many contradictions of life along this much-traveled path. With an introduction by Rick Bass, this volume offers a vision of a distinctive culture and setting that until now has been little documented.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604730982
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
05/28/2009
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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