South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature

South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature

by Margaret Eby


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"Fascinating…Eby lyrically uncovers a bit of the magic that makes a Southern writer Southern." —Josh Steele, Entertainment Weekly

What is it about the South that has inspired so much of America’s greatest literature? And why do we think of the authors it influenced not just as writers, but as Southern writers? In South Toward Home, Margaret Eby goes in search of answers to these questions, visiting the stomping grounds of ten Southern authors, including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, and Flannery O’Connor. Combining biographical detail with expert criticism, Eby delivers a rich and evocative tribute to the literary South.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353297
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 937,757
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Margaret Eby has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, Salon, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she now lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

1 Eudora Welty's Garden Jackson, MS 19

2 Richard Wright's Schoolhouse Jackson, MS 35

3 William Faulkner's Liquor Cabinet Oxford, MS 55

4 Flannery O'Connor's Peacocks Milledgeville, GA 69

5 Harry Crews's Hurricane Creek Bacon County, GA 97

6 Harper Lee and Truman Capote's Courthouse Monroeville, AL 123

7 John Kennedy Toole's Hot-Dog Carts New Orleans, LA 157

8 Barry Hannah and Larry Brown's Fishing Spot Oxford, MS 197

Coda 217

Acknowledgments 221

Notes 223

Suggested Reading 237

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