The Long Haul: Conversations with Southern Novelists

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This book is a collection of conversations with important contemporary Southern novelists and with Lewis P. Simpson, longtime co-editor of The Southern Review and an established authority on Southern literature. The two long conversations with Professor Simpson place the post World War II Southern novel in the context of modern literature and of the classical Southern novel. Professor Simpson, who knew many of the giants of Southern literature, assesses the writers of the past and the possibilities of the future....

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Overview

This book is a collection of conversations with important contemporary Southern novelists and with Lewis P. Simpson, longtime co-editor of The Southern Review and an established authority on Southern literature. The two long conversations with Professor Simpson place the post World War II Southern novel in the context of modern literature and of the classical Southern novel. Professor Simpson, who knew many of the giants of Southern literature, assesses the writers of the past and the possibilities of the future. The volume includes conversations with Ernest Gaines, Madison Jones, Shirley Ann Grau, David Madden, the late John William Corrington, James Wilcox, and Vance Bourjaily. A chapter by the editor about his relationship with the late Walker Percy concludes the volume. Co-published with Southeastern Louisiana State University.

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Ann B. Dobie
This is a book that is long overdue....It is readable, informative, and valuable for scholars and general readers. I wish I had done it!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819190789
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/24/1994
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Parrill is Professor of Communication and English at Southeastern Louisiana State University.

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Table of Contents

1 Scholarship in the South: A Conversation with Lewis P. Simpson 1
2 A Conversation with Lewis P. Simpson, Pt. 2 17
3 Telling it Again: A Conversation with David Madden 39
4 The Long Haul: A Conversation with Shirley Ann Grau 59
5 In the Quarters: A Conversation with Ernest Gaines 73
6 After the Confederate War: A Conversation with John William Corrington 97
7 "The Language Instructs You": A Conversation with Madison Jones 115
8 After the Lost Generation: A Conversation with Vance Bourjaily 135
9 North of the Lake: A Conversation with James Wilcox 151
10 In Place of a Conversation with Walker Percy 167
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