The Faraway Country: Writers of the Modern South

The Faraway Country: Writers of the Modern South

The Faraway Country: Writers of the Modern South

The Faraway Country: Writers of the Modern South

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These are essays about certain men and women who were born in the Southern States of the American Union, most of them at about the same time, and who have written novels, stories, and poems, many of which have to do with the experience of living in that region. Taken all together, the essays make up something of a unit, and constitute an exploration, tentative and incomplete though it may be, of the relationship between the books these men and women wrote and the life and times of the region.

The work of these writers, and of a number of other writers some of whom are at least equally distinguished, has caused the period in which they wrote to be known as the Southern Literary Renascence. That period is not yet over, and though some of these writers have died, others are still very much at work. Thus any conclusions about modern Southern writing can at best be advanced only very cautiously. I do not pretend, therefore, to have written any kind of thoroughgoing historical and critical study of modern Southern writing. Instead I have selected certain writers, and certain books, that have interested me and have seemed to be especially relevant . . .

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