Fifty Southern Writers after 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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Sidney Landman on "Jericho, Jericho, Jericho," Edward Krickel on "The Mahogany Frame," and M. E. Bradford on Alchemy. All four of these essays are in the "Andrew Lytle Issue" of Mississippi Quarterly, 23 (Fall 1970) and are reprinted in The Form Discovered. In editing the Lytle issue of Mississippi Quarterly and then culling the best of those essays plus others into The Form Discovered, M. E. Bradford has been the chief advocate of Lytle's achievement.

Relatively little has been written about the major fiction from the 1940s on, but much of that little is quite good. Robert Benson "The Progress of Hernando de Soto in Andrew Lytle's At the Moon's Inn," Georgia Review, 27 (Summer 1973), 232-44, is a good starting point for study of that novel, as is, for the next novel, Charles C. Clark "A Name for Evil: A Search for Order," Mississippi Quarterly, 23 (Fall 1970), 371-82 (both of these are in The Form Discovered as well). An excellent entering wedge for study of The Velvet Horn is Lytle's own essay on its composition, "The Working Novelist and the Mythmaking Process," collected in The Hero with the Private Parts. After that, of greatest interest are the Frenchwoman Anne Foata "La Leçon des Ténèbres: The Edenic Quest and Its Christian Solution in Andrew Lytle's The Velvet Horn"; Thomas Landess "Unity of Action in The Velvet Horn," Mississippi Quarterly, 23 (Fall 1970), 349-61 (in The Form Discovered also); and Clinton W. Trowbridge's "The Word Made Flesh: Andrew Lytle's The Velvet Horn."

Continuing to invite critical attention are the Lytle manuscript collections at Vanderbilt and the University of Florida, as well as Lytle's correspondence housed at Vanderbilt. Also of strong interest are his letters to Allen Tate, part of the Tate Papers at Princeton. These resources have as yet been little used. Indeed, systematic commentary is called for in many areas. Lytle biography, the development of Lytle's aesthetic, Lytle's uses of myth and history--these and other topics remain open to full-length scrutiny.


Works by Andrew Lytle

"The Hind Tit." I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition by "Twelve Southerners." New York: Harper and Brothers, 1930, pp. 201-45.

Bedford Forrest and His Critter Company. New York: Minton, Balch, 1931.

"Old Scratch in the Valley." Virginia Quarterly Review 8 ( April 1932): 237-46.

"The Backwoods Progression." American Review 1 ( September 1933): 409-34.

The Long Night. Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1936.

"The Small Farm Secures the State." Who Owns America? Ed. Herbert Agar and Allen Tate . Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1936, pp. 237-50.

At the Moon's Inn. Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1941.

A Name for Evil. Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1947.

The Velvet Horn. New York: McDowell-Obolensky, 1957.

A Novel, A Novella and Four Stories. New York: McDowell-Obolensky, 1958.


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