The Lyric South: An Anthology of Recent Poetry from the South

The Lyric South: An Anthology of Recent Poetry from the South

The Lyric South: An Anthology of Recent Poetry from the South

The Lyric South: An Anthology of Recent Poetry from the South

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The satire of O. Henry was perhaps never more apt than in his story of old-time Southern literary standards in The Rose of Dixie. The story bears obvious evidence that he was familiar with the South and the publications of the section in his day. The Rose of Dixie, you will remember, was "a publication devoted to the fostering and voicing of Southern genius" and had as its watchword: "Of, For, and By the South." Its editor was the genial Colonel Telfair, whose ambition it was so to conduct the magazine "that its fragrance and beauty would permeate the entire world, hurling back into the teeth of the Northern minions their belief that no genius or good could exist in the brains and hearts of the people whose property they had destroyed. . . ." If you recall O. Henry's dénouement, you know how Colonel Telfair, after long mental struggle, finally brought himself to print an article by a Northerner:

Written for
THE ROSE OF DIXIE
By A Member of the Well-Known
BULLOCK FAMILY, OF GEORGIA

T. Roosevelt

"Of, For, and By the South." For too long Colonel Telfair's ideals characterized literary discussions and motives in this locality.

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