Southern Life in Fiction

Southern Life in Fiction

Southern Life in Fiction

Southern Life in Fiction

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These lectures, which were delivered at Mercer University on November 17, 18, and 19, 1959, under the title "Southern Life in Fact and Fiction," were addressed to somewhat different audiences: the first, to the English staff, students, and their guests; the second, to the University, faculty; and the third, to the Lamar Lecture Committee and the general public. A fourth lecture, "The Civil War in Literature," not included in this volume, was given in the student assembly.

The general theme of these lectures is one that has long interested me: the function of literature as a reflection of the life of the American people, a subject which of course involves some study of the various interrelations of literature and history. The reasons for my emphasis upon Virginia and Georgia in the second and third lectures will be obvious to anyone who reads them. The first lecture, except for the omission of one passage, is printed substantially as it was delivered; the second and third lectures have undergone some revision.

I wish to express my sense of the honor in being chosen as the Lamar Lecturer of 1959 following Donald Davidson . . .

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