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Southern Apocrypha

Jon L. Albee "Faulkner Wannabe"
The list author says: "Some Southern classics not often appreciated these days for their quality and influence. Does the term "Southern Renaissance" mean anything to you? Do you think H. L. Mencken was a bit insecure?"
A Summons to Memphis
A Summons to Memphis
"The Old South is dead, right?  Read this Pulitzer winner."
Tales of the South by William Gilmore SIMMs
Tales of the South by William Gilmore SIMMs
"Who the hell is this guy?  The Washington Irving of South Carolina.  Go ahead, search on him and you'll see what I mean."
The Old Forest and Other Stories
The Old Forest and Other Stories
"There's a reason the critics compare Taylor to Chekhov.  That reason is here."
The Collected Stories of Peter Taylor
The Collected Stories of Peter Taylor
"Peter Taylor will NOT go out of print, by God!"
The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer
"The man who inspired the late William Styron."
The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text
The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text
"When flag-waving Southerners go to New England, bad things are bound to happen."
Jayber Crow
Jayber Crow
"Globalizing multi-culturalists will tell you that regional fiction is dead.  Huh?"
All the King's Men
All the King's Men
"Bill Clinton's unofficial biography.  Or is it George W. Bush?"
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
"By the Rhodes Scholar who founded New Criticism."
The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan
The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan
"Remember D. W. Griffith?  Here's the racist author who inspired him.  It ain't pretty."
The Confessions of Nat Turner
The Confessions of Nat Turner
"Get beyond the politics and the hype.  Read it yourself!"
Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
"Yeah, yeah...  the movie."
Poems of Sidney Lanier
Poems of Sidney Lanier
"Far too short a life for far too great a poet."
The Whole Motion: Collected Poems, 1945-1992 (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
The Whole Motion: Collected Poems, 1945-1992 (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
"Deliverance author.  This guy wrote poetry too?  Uh huh."
Kate Vaiden
Kate Vaiden
"The South's answer to Phallocrat Philip Roth."
Pale Horse, Pale Rider (H B J Modern Classic)
Pale Horse, Pale Rider (H B J Modern Classic)
"Porter made herself world famous with these stories."
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
"A more comprehensive collection of Porter stories to make your spine tingle."
The New Criticism
The New Criticism
"It's expensive, but it slapped poetry in the mouth too."
Understanding Poetry
Understanding Poetry
"More New Criticism from the geniuses of the movement.  And, no, it wasn't written by J. Evans Pritchard, Ph.D."
The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life (Penguin Classics)
The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life (Penguin Classics)
"Life before Katrina.  A lot of life, and WAY before."
Flannery O'Connor : Collected Works : Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays & Letters (Library of America)
Flannery O'Connor : Collected Works : Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays & Letters (Library of America)
"Lyricism.  Startling human insight.  Metaphor.  F. Scott Who?  If she doesn't blow your hair back, you must be dead."
Tennessee Williams: Plays 1937-1955 (Library of America)
Tennessee Williams: Plays 1937-1955 (Library of America)
"Yeah, yeah...  the movie again."
The Sheltered Life
The Sheltered Life
"This book turned Virginia and its Old South mythology on its arse about 100 years ago."
The Ordways: A Novel (Voices of the South)
The Ordways: A Novel (Voices of the South)
"Think Faulkner is too hard, and Steinbeck is too communist?  Try this exceptionally talented Texas writer.  Highly critically acclaimed but not yet "classic."  Give it time."
I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (Library of Southern Civilization)
I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (Library of Southern Civilization)
"The way the world should be."
Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity
Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity
"Not Cash.  Not Woodward.  Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia, Dr. James C. Cobb.  Any questions?"
Collected Poems, 1951-1971
Collected Poems, 1951-1971
"National Book Award (1973).  Southerners win National Book Awards, Pulitzers, even Nobels!  Honest!"
Goblins and pagodas, by John Gould Fletcher.
Goblins and pagodas, by John Gould Fletcher.
"How is it that we forget these magnificent artists?  Fletcher was the Ezra Pound of the South, from lovely Arkansas."
Ideas Have Consequences
Ideas Have Consequences
"From the man who inspired William F. Buckley, proof that "Southern Philosopher" is not an oxymoron."
A City Laid Waste: The Capture, Sack, and Destruction of the City of Columbia
A City Laid Waste: The Capture, Sack, and Destruction of the City of Columbia
"How do you spell "Sherman" in South Carolina?  S-A-T-A-N."
The Life of Francis Marion: The True Story of South Carolina's Swamp Fox
The Life of Francis Marion: The True Story of South Carolina's Swamp Fox
""The Patriot", a.k.a. Benjamin Martin, written by Simms not long after Marion's death."
Surfaces of a Diamond (Voices of the South)
Surfaces of a Diamond (Voices of the South)
"By the Lionel Trilling of the South, this novel reads like iced tea on the porch during an afternoon thunderstorm.  You can smell the Spanish moss!"
Georgia Scenes
Georgia Scenes
"Ah hah!  Look what I found.  The great southwestern humorist BEFORE Mark Twain."
Goodbye to a River: A Narrative
Goodbye to a River: A Narrative
"Another great Southern (Western) writer we need to rescue from the grips of oblivion.  Graves proves that God really DID bless Texas."
The Confederate Nation 1861-1865 (The new American nation series)
The Confederate Nation 1861-1865 (The new American nation series)
"There WERE Civil War historians before William C. Davis.  Really!"
Strange True Stories of Louisiana
Strange True Stories of Louisiana
"Really not all that strange, Cable wrote these pieces when New Orleans was as diverse as seafood gumbo.  Suck them heads!"
The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction - 15th Anniversary Edition
The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction - 15th Anniversary Edition
"All together now:  Not Cash.  Not Woodward.  Not afraid of H. L. Mencken.  Not feeling guilty to be Southern."
The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
"The mystery man from West Virginia with the funny name, there's nothing funny about these gems, mostly written when he was a student at the University of Virginia."
The Virginian (Signet Classics)
The Virginian (Signet Classics)
"The origin of Western mythology is Southern mythology.  Known by scholars as "color" fiction for its idealistic, romantic imagery, I prefer to just call it Southern."
Reinventing the South: Versions of a Literary Region (American Literature)
Reinventing the South: Versions of a Literary Region (American Literature)
"A literary history of Southern Literature in the 20th-century, this book puts all the names together in a cohesive cultural narrative."