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Southern Selves: From Mark Twain and Eudora Welty to Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons, a Collection of Autobiographical Writingby James H. Watkins
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The memoirist seek to capture not just a self but an entire world, and in this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the South's finest writers—writers like Kaye Gibbons and Reynolds Price, Eudora Welty and Harry Crews, Richard Wright and Dorothy Allison—make their intensely personal contributions to a vibrant collective picture of southern life.
In the hands of these superb artists, the South's rich tradition of storytelling is brilliantly revealed. Whether slave or master, intellectual or "redneck," each voice in this moving and unforgettable collection is proof that southern literature richly deserves its reputation for irreverent humor, exquisite language, a feeling for place, and an undying, often heartbreaking sense of the past.
A vibrant collective picture of the American South from both sides of the color line.
The memoir seeks to capture not only the self but a world, and the world of the American South is brilliantly served up by the thirty-one authors brought together in this collection of memoirs and autobiographical writings.
Whether slave or master, intellectual or "redneck", each of the superb writers in this moving and poetic volume confirms that Southern artists, for all their diversity, have been nurtured in their region's rich storytelling tradition, its quirky sense of humor, its almost mystical feeling for place, and its undying sense of the past.
About the Author
James Watkins was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and moved with his family to Nashville at age thirteen. After obtaining a bachelor's degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he attended graduate school at the University of Florida, where he earned his doctorate in 1995. He and his wife and two sons currently live on the campus of Berry College in Rome, George, where he teaches southern and nineteenth-century American literature.
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