Twentieth-Century Southern Literature / Edition 1

Twentieth-Century Southern Literature / Edition 1

by J. A. Bryant Jr.
     
 

Authors discussed include: Wendell Berry, Erskine Caldwell, Truman Capote, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Shelby Foote, Zora Neal Hurston, Bobbie Ann Mason, Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O'Connor, William Styron, Anne Tyler, Alice Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Thomas Wolfe, Richard Wright, and many more.

By World War II, the

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Authors discussed include: Wendell Berry, Erskine Caldwell, Truman Capote, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Shelby Foote, Zora Neal Hurston, Bobbie Ann Mason, Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O'Connor, William Styron, Anne Tyler, Alice Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Thomas Wolfe, Richard Wright, and many more.

By World War II, the Southern Renaissance had established itself as one of the most significant literary events of the century, and today much of the best American fiction is southern fiction. Though the flowering of realistic and local-color writing during the first two decades of the century was a sign of things to come, the period between the two world wars was the crucial one for the South's literary development: a literary revival in Richmond came to fruition; at Vanderbilt University a group of young men produced The Fugitive, a remarkable, controversial magazine that published some of the century's best verse in its brief run; and the publication and widespread recognition of Faulkner (among others) inaugurated the great flood of southern writing that was to follow in novels, short stories, poetry, and plays.

With more than forty years of experience writing and reading about the subject, and friendships with many of the figures discussed, J. A. Bryant is uniquely qualified to provide the first comprehensive account of southern American literature since 1900. Bryant pays attention to both the cultural and the historical context of the works and authors discussed, and presents the information in an enjoyable, accessible style. No lover of great American literature can afford to be without this book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813109374
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
08/14/2009
Series:
New Perspectives on the South Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
1,086,579
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Preface
Introduction1
1The Development of Modern Southern Fiction11
2Poetry and Politics at Vanderbilt, 1920-4038
3The New Emphasis on Craftsmanship61
4Two Major Novelists74
5Southern Playwrights87
6The Beginning of Recognition103
7Southern Regionalism Comes of Age117
8Women Extend Fiction's Range137
9The New Black Writers155
10The South After World War II167
11Postwar Poetry176
12Mainstream Fiction196
13The New Major Writers208
14Three Key Figures226
15Robert Penn Warren248
Bibliographical Note261
Index271

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