The Sins of the Father: A Romance of the South

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Today, Thomas Dixon is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling early twentieth-century trilogy that included the novel The Clansman (1905), which provided the core narrative for D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking and still-controversial film The Birth of a Nation. It was The Sins of the Father, however, that Dixon regarded as the most aesthetically satisfying child of his Ku Klux Klan saga. In this novel he telescopes the trilogy's sprawling historical canvas into one tightly scripted narrative. A ...

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Today, Thomas Dixon is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling early twentieth-century trilogy that included the novel The Clansman (1905), which provided the core narrative for D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking and still-controversial film The Birth of a Nation. It was The Sins of the Father, however, that Dixon regarded as the most aesthetically satisfying child of his Ku Klux Klan saga. In this novel he telescopes the trilogy's sprawling historical canvas into one tightly scripted narrative. A best-seller in 1912, the novel's themes of interracial sex and incest outraged many upon its publication. Nearly a century later, Dixon's work is undergoing a critical reevaluation. A new introduction by Steven Weisenburger lends a valuable historical and critical perspective to this important and divisive classic of American literature. Thomas Dixon (1864-1946) was born in Shelby, North Carolina. He is also the author of The Clansman and The Flaming Sword. Steven Weisenburger, Mossiker Chair in Humanities at Southern Methodist University, is the author of several books, including Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and Child- murder from the Old South.

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"This book deals with interracial sex of a white father and a black woman. Dixon has a lot to say about this subject. — The Lone Star Book Review" — The Lone Star Book Review
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813191171
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
A Note on the Text xxxi
Book 1 Sin
Chapter I The Woman in Yellow 3
Chapter II Cleo Enters 18
Chapter III A Beast Awakes 27
Chapter IV The Arrest 32
Chapter V The Rescue 40
Chapter VI A Traitor's Ruse 49
Chapter VII The Irony of Fate 54
Chapter VIII A New Weapon 59
Chapter IX The Words That Cost 65
Chapter X Man to Man 68
Chapter XI The Unbidden Guest 75
Chapter XII The Judgment Bar 80
Chapter XIII An Old Story 89
Chapter XIV The Fight for Life 95
Chapter XV Cleo's Silence 98
Chapter XVI The Larger Vision 100
Chapter XVII The Opal Gates 108
Chapter XVIII Questions 112
Chapter XIX Cleo's Cry 117
Chapter XX The Blow Falls 120
Chapter XXI The Call of the Blood 125
Book 2 Atonement
Chapter I The New Life Purpose 135
Chapter II A Modern Scalawag 138
Chapter III His House in Order 146
Chapter IV The Man of the Hour 150
Chapter V A Woman Scorned 153
Chapter VI An Old Comedy 161
Chapter VII Trapped 169
Chapter VIII Behind the Bars 177
Chapter IX Andy's Dilemma 179
Chapter X The Best Laid Plans 190
Chapter XI A Reconnoitre 194
Chapter XII The First Whisper 201
Chapter XIII Andy's Proposal 205
Chapter XIV The Folly of Pity 210
Chapter XV A Discovery 218
Chapter XVI The Challenge 225
Chapter XVII A Skirmish 230
Chapter XVIII Love Laughs 233
Chapter XIX "Fight it Out!" 237
Chapter XX Andy Fights 243
Chapter XXI The Second Blow 250
Chapter XXII The Test of Love 255
Chapter XXIII The Parting 265
Chapter XXIV Father and Son 273
Chapter XXV The One Chance 283
Chapter XXVI Between Two Fires 287
Chapter XXVII A Surprise 290
Chapter XXVIII Via Dolorosa 294
Chapter XXIX The Dregs in the Cup 301
Chapter XXX The Mills of God 308
Chapter XXXI Sin Full Grown 312
Chapter XXXII Confession 314
Chapter XXXIII Healing 317
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