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" Authors mentioned contain: 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 lots of extra. by way of global struggle II, the Southern Renaissance had tested itself as probably the most major literary occasions of the century, and this present day a lot of the easiest American fiction is southern fiction. even though the flowering of reasonable and local-color writing in the course of the first 20 years of the century was once an indication of items to return, the interval among the 2 international wars was once the an important one for the South's literary improvement: a literary revival in Richmond got here to fruition; at Vanderbilt collage a gaggle of younger males produced The Fugitive, a impressive, arguable journal that released a number of the century's top verse in its short run; and the book and frequent acceptance of Faulkner (among others) inaugurated the nice flood of southern writing that was once to persist with in novels, brief tales, poetry, and performs. With greater than 40 years of expertise writing and examining concerning the topic, and friendships with a number of the figures mentioned, J. A. Bryant is uniquely certified to supply the 1st entire account of southern American literature on account that 1900. Bryant can pay consciousness to either the cultural and the ancient context of the works and authors mentioned, and provides the knowledge in an relaxing, obtainable variety. No lover of significant American literature can find the money for to be with out this publication.

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As the nineteenth century drew to a close, however, the taste that had fostered the sentimental romanticism of antebellum fiction began to give way, slowly at first and never completely, to a preference for realism that would prevail throughout much of the twentieth century. An interesting development in the use of the black narrator came near the turn of the century with Charles W. Chesnutt's collection of realistic tales, The Conjure Woman (1899). Chesnutt (18581932) was born in Cleveland, the son of slaves who had sought refuge from oppression they had endured in North Carolina.

Richmond: The First Major Southern Novels As the old century came to an end, an outside observer might have said that if a renaissance was to happen in the South, it most likely would take place in Virginia, and if there, in Richmond. Long before the Civil War Richmond had served as the cultural center of the southern states. William Byrd, a scholar and author as well as a landowner, had established the city in 1737 and given it its name. It had been the site of the Virginia Convention in 1775, the roster of which included such names as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Peyton Randolph, and Patrick Henry.

He concisely and brilliantly captures here the essence of his subject. This book is, therefore, ideally suited for inclusion in the New Perspectives on the South series, which is designed to give a fresh and comprehensive view of the defining aspects of the regional experience. Each volume is expected to be a complete essay representing both a synthesis of the best scholarship on its topic and an interpretive analysis drawn from the author's own reflections. CHARLES P. ROLAND Page xi PREFACE The present book is best thought of as an overviewone observer's account, more or less in sequence, of the significant literary achievements of southerners during the twentieth century.

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