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For nearly four centuries, the American South has been home to a vital literary tradition.
The Literature of the American South reconsiders southern writing from its seventeenth-century origins to its flourishing present. Featuring the works of eighty-seven classic,
contemporary, and newly recovered writers of all genres—poetry, short fiction, drama, novels, autobiography, criticism, sermons, memoirs,
journals, and letters—this groundbreaking anthology sheds new light on the creative power of the southern imagination.
Posted June 29, 2009
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For starters, this is a TEXTBOOK! OK, that being said, this anthology highlights the best that southern American literature has to offer. It's broken up into several sections and includes a wide range of essays, short stories, poems, drama, and novel excerpts from writers like Thomas Jefferson to Zora Neale Hurston to James Dickey. Faulkner is in there, too. There are biographical sketches for each author.
My only complaint is in the novel excerpts. They don't represent a whole work very well. It is only a snippet that fails to do justice to the entire piece, ie Chapter 2 from Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN. The whole chapter is there, but there is so much more to to this story.
Overall, 4 out of 5 stars. Great poetry and short stories are found within this collection.