Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary (Google eBook)

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Joseph M. Flora, Amber Vogel, Bryan Albin Giemza
LSU Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 468 pages
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This new edition of Southern Writers assumes its distinguished predecessor's place as the essential reference on literary artists of the American South. Broadly expanded and thoroughly revised, it boasts 604 entries-nearly double the earlier edition's-written by 264 scholars. For every figure major and minor, from the venerable and canonical to the fresh and innovative, a biographical sketch and chronological list of published works provide comprehensive, concise, up-to-date information. Here in one convenient source are the South's novelists and short story writers, poets and dramatists, memoirists and essayists, journalists, scholars, and biographers from the colonial period to the twenty-first century.

What constitutes a "southern writer" is always a matter for debate. Editors Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel have used a generous definition that turns on having a significant connection to the region, in either a personal or literary sense. New to this volume are younger writers who have emerged in the quarter century since the dictionary's original publication, as well as older talents previously unknown or unacknowledged. For almost every writer found in the previous edition, a new biography has been commissioned.

Drawn from the very best minds on southern literature and covering the full spectrum of its practitioners, Southern Writers is an indispensable reference book for anyone intrigued by the subject.

  

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Contents

Randall Kenan 1963
230
John Pendleton Kennedy 17951870
231
Charles William Kent 18601917
232
Frances Parkinson Keyes 18851970
233
John Oliver Killens 19161987
234
Florence King 1936
235
Grace King 18521932
236
Larry L King 1929
237

Maya Angelou 1928
9
James Applewhite 1935
10
Harriette Arnow 19081986
11
Marilou Awiakta 1936
12
George William Bagby 18281883
13
Joseph Glover Baldwin 18151864
14
Benjamin Banneker 17311806
15
Gerald W Barrax 1933
16
Frederick Barthelme 1943
18
Rick Bass 1958
19
John Spencer Bassett 18671928
20
Hamilton Basso 19041964
21
Frances Courtenay Baylor 18481920
22
John Beecher 19041980
23
Madison Smartt Bell 1957
24
Lerone Bennett 1928
25
Wendell Berry 1934
26
Doris Betts 1932
27
John Peale Bishop 18921944
28
Arthur Blackamore ca 1679post1722
29
Richard Bland 17101776
30
Joseph Blotner 1923
31
Roy Blount Jr 1941
32
Robert Bolling 17381775
33
John Henry Boner 18451903
34
Arna Wendell Bontemps 19021973
35
Kate Langley Bosher 18651932
36
Jonathan Boucher 17381804
37
James Boyd 18881944
38
Roark Bradford 18981948
39
Rick Bragg 1959
40
Taylor Branch 1947
41
Cleanth Brooks 19061994
42
Larry Brown 19512004
43
Sterling A Brown 19011989
44
William Garrott Brown 18681913
45
William Wells Brown 18141884
46
James Lee Burke 1936
47
Thomas Burke ca 17471783
48
Olive Ann Burns 19241990
49
Jack Butler 1944
50
Robert Olen Butler 1945
51
Kathryn Stripling Byer 1944
52
James Branch Cabell 18791958
53
George Washington Cable 18441925
55
Erskine Caldwell 19031987
56
Frances Boyd Calhoun 18671909
58
Truman Capote 19241984
59
Forrest Carter 19251979
60
Hodding Carter 19071972
61
William Alexander Caruthers 18021846
62
W J Cash 19001941
63
Clarence Cason 18961935
64
Madison Julius Cawein 18651914
65
Fred Chappell 1936
66
Kelly Cherry 1940
67
Mary Boykin Chesnut 18231886
68
Alice Childress 19161994
70
Thomas Holley Chivers 18091858
71
Kate Chopin 18501904
72
Emily Tapscott Clark 18931953
73
John Henrik Clarke 19151998
74
John Bell Clayton 19061955
75
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb 18761944
76
Pat Conroy 1945
77
Moncure Daniel Conway 18321907
78
J Gordon Coogler 18651901
79
Ebenezer Cooke Cook 1667?post1732
80
Philip Pendleton Cooke 18161850
81
Anna J Cooper 1858?1964
82
Patricia Cornwell 1956
83
John William Corrington 19321988
84
John Cotton of Queens Creek Va 1643?post1680
85
Alfred Leland Crabb 18841979
86
Thomas Cradock 17181770
87
William Crafts 17871826
88
Harry Crews 1935
89
Davy Crockett 17861836
90
Hal Crowther 1945
91
James McBride Dabbs 18961970
92
Richard Dabney 17871825
93
Danske Dandridge 18541914
94
Guy Davenport 19272005
95
Donald Davidson 18931968
96
Samuel Davies 17231761
97
James Paxton Davis Jr 19251994
98
Rebecca Harding Davis 18311910
99
William Dawson 17041752
100
Edwin De Leon 18181891
101
Thomas Cooper De Leon 18391914
102
Borden Deal 19221985
103
James Dickey 19231997
104
Samuel Henry Dickson 17981872
105
Thomas Dixon 18641946
106
J Frank Dobie 18881964
107
Ellen Douglas 1921
108
Rita Dove 1952
109
Clifford Dowdey 19041979
110
Harris Downey 19071979
111
James Duff 1955
113
Daniel Dulany the Elder 16851753
114
Henry Dumas 19341968
115
Joseph Dumbleton fl 17401750
116
Wilma Dykeman 1920
117
Tony Earley 1961
118
William Eddis 17381825
119
Randolph Edmonds 19001983
120
Murrell Edmunds 18981981
121
George Cary Eggleston 18391911
122
John Ehle 1925
123
Lonne Elder III 19311996
124
William Elliott 17881863
125
Ralph Ellison 1913?1994
126
William Clark Falkner 18251889
127
John Wesley Thompson Faulkner III 19011963
128
Jessie Redmond Fauset 18861961
130
Peter Steinam Feibleman 1930
131
Julia Fields 1938
132
John Finlay 19411991
133
George Fitzhugh 18061881
134
William Fitzhugh 16511701
135
Inglis Fletcher 18791969
136
Horton Foote 1916
137
Shelby Foote 19162005
138
Jesse Hill Ford 19281996
139
Richard Ford 1944
140
John Fox Jr 1862 or 18631919
141
William Price Fox 1926
142
Charles Frazier 1950
143
Edwin Wiley Fuller 18471876
144
Christopher Gadsden 17241805
145
Frances Gaither 18891955
147
George Garrett 1929
148
Henry Louis Gates Jr 1950
149
Tim Gautreaux 1947
150
Charles Gayarré 18051895
151
Denise Giardina 1951
152
Margaret Gibson 1944
153
Ellen Gilchrist 1935
154
Janice Giles 19091979
155
Caroline Howard Gilman 17941888
156
Rebecca Gilman 1964
157
Marianne Gingher 1947
158
Ellen Glasgow 18731945
159
Gail Godwin 1937
161
F R Goulding 18101881
162
William Goyen 19151983
163
Edwin Phillips Granberry 18971988
164
Shirley Ann Grau 1929
165
William J Grayson 17881863
166
Ben Greer 1948
167
John Howard Griffin 19201980
168
Angelina Grimké 18051879 and Sarah Grimké 17921873
169
Jim Grimsley 1955
170
Lewis Grizzard 19461994
171
Winston Groom 1944
172
R S Gwynn 1948
173
Alex Haley 19211992
174
Alexander Hamilton 17121756
175
John Henry Hammond d 1663
176
Earl Hamner 1923
177
Cathryn Hankla 1958
178
Charles Hansford 1685?1761
179
Will N Harben 18581919
180
Elizabeth Hardwick 1916
181
Donald Harington 1935
182
Frances E W Harper 18251911
183
Thomas Harriott Harriot 15601621
184
Bernice Kelly Harris 18911973
185
Corra Harris 18691935
186
Joel Chandler Harris 18451908
187
Constance Cary Harrison Mrs Burton Harrison 18431920
189
Henry Sydnor Harrison 18801930
190
Paul Hamilton Hayne 18301886
191
Lafcadio Hearn 18501904
192
Hinton Helper 18291909
193
George Wylie Henderson 19041965
194
John Bell Hennemann 18641908
195
O Henry 18621910
196
Sophia Bledsoe Herrick 18371919
197
Dubose Heyward 18851940
198
Carl Hiaasen 1952
199
Leslie Pinckney Hill 18801960
200
William Hoffman 1925
201
George Frederick Holmes 18201897
202
Johnson Jones Hooper 18151862
203
George Moses Horton ca 1797ca 1883
204
David Huddle 1942
205
Andrew Hudgins 1951
206
Langston Hughes 19021967
207
T R Hummer 1950
208
Josephine Humphreys 1945
209
Daniel Robinson Hundley 18321899
210
Zora Neale Hurston 18911960
211
Mac Hyman 19231963
214
William Ioor 17801850
215
Harriet A Jacobs ca 18131897
216
Thomas Jefferson 17431826
217
Georgia Douglas Johnson 18771966
219
Gerald White Johnson 18901980
220
James Weldon Johnson 18711938
221
Mary Johnston 18701936
222
Richard Malcolm Johnston 18221898
223
Gayl Jones 1949
224
Hugh Jones 16921760
225
Preston Jones 19361979
226
Rodney Jones 1950
227
Jan Karon 1937
228
Elizabeth Keckley ca 18201907
229
Barbara Kingsolver 1955
239
David Kirby 1944
240
Yusef Komunyakaa 1947
241
Harry Harrison Kroll 18881967
242
Tony Kushner 1956
243
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar 17981859
244
Pinkie Gordon Lane 1923
245
Henry Laurens 17241792
246
John Lawson d 1711
247
Leroy Leatherman 19221984
248
Arthur Lee 17401792
249
Richard Henry Lee 17321794
250
Hugh Swinton Legaré 17971843
251
Nancy Lemann 1956
252
Henry Clay Lewis Madison Tensas 18251850
253
C Eric Lincoln 19242000
254
Romulus Linney 1930
255
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet 17901870
256
Susan Ludvigson 1942
257
Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin 18971988
258
David Madden 1933
259
James Madison 17511836
260
Clarence Major 1936
261
William March 18931954
262
Jeff Daniel Marion 1940
263
Don Marquis 18781937
264
Valerie Martin 1948
265
Bobbie Ann Mason 1940
266
Armistead Maupin 1944
267
Cormac McCarthy 1933
268
Ed McClanahan 1932
269
Jill McCorkle 1958
270
Carson McCullers 19171967
271
Michael McFee 1954
272
Martha McFerren 1947
273
Tim McLaurin 19532002
274
John Charles McNeill 18741907
275
James Alan McPherson 1943
276
Mary Mebane 19331992
277
H L Mencken 18801956
278
Caroline Miller 19031992
279
Heather Ross Miller 1939
280
Jim Wayne Miller 19361996
281
William Mills 1935
282
Edwin Mims 18721959
283
Joseph Mitchell 19081996
284
Margaret Mitchell 18891973
285
Penina Moďse 17971880
286
Marion Montgomery 1925
287
Anne Moody 1940
288
Merrill Moore 19031957
289
Virginia Moore 19031993
290
Berry Morgan 19192002
291
Willie Morris 19341999
292
John S Mosby 18331916
293
Montrose J Moses 18781934
294
Robert Munford 1737?1783
295
Albert Murray 1926
296
Lawrence Naumoff 1946
297
Frances Newman 18831928
298
Lewis Nordan 1939
299
Helen Norris 1916
300
Solomon Northup 18081863?
301
E P ODonnell 18951943
303
Chris Offutt 1958
304
Brenda Marie Osbey 1957
305
Guy Owen 19251981
306
Thomas Nelson Page 18531922
307
Walter Hines Page 18551918
308
Breece DJ Pancake 19521979
309
Leonidas Warren Payne Jr 18731945
310
T R Pearson 1956
311
Walker Percy 19161990
312
William Alexander Percy 18851942
313
Gustavo Pérez Firmat 1949
314
Robert Deane Pharr 19161992
315
Thomas Hal Phillips 1922
316
Ovid Williams Pierce 19101989
317
Eliza Lucas Pinckney 17221793
318
Josephine Pinckney 18951957
319
Edward Coote Pinkney 18021828
320
Katherine Anne Porter 18901980
322
Charles Portis 1933
323
Alexander Posey 18731908
324
Padgett Powell 1952
325
Minnie Bruce Pratt 1946
326
Margaret Junkin Preston 18201897
327
Wyatt Prunty 1947
328
Thomas Rabbitt 1943
329
James Ryder Randall 18391908
330
James Innes Randolph Jr 18371887
331
Beatrice Ravenel 18701956
332
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 18961953
333
Opie Read 18521939
334
Jay Saunders Redding 19061988
335
Ishmael Reed 1938
336
John Shelton Reed 1942
337
James Reid fl 1768
338
Alice Caldwell Hegan Rice 18701942
339
Cale Young Rice 18721943
340
Amelie Rives Princess Troubetzkoy 18631945
341
Ben Robertson 19031943
342
Leon Rooke 1934
343
AdrienEmmanuel Rouquette 18131887
344
Robert Ruark 19151965
345
Louis D Rubin Jr 1923
346
Rowland Rugeley ca 17351776
347
Irwin Russell 18531879
348
Abram Ryan 18381886
349
Kalamu ya Salaam 1947
350
Emma Speed Sampson 18681947
351
Ferrol Sams 1922
352
George Sandys 15781644
353
Elise Sanguinetti 1926
354
Lyle Saxon 18911946
355
Janet Schaw ca 1739post1778
356
Evelyn Scott 18931963
357
Molly Elliot Seawell 18601916
358
David Sedaris 1956
359
Mary Lee Settle 19182005
360
Michael Shaara 19281988
361
Bob Shacochis 1951
362
Eve Shelnutt 1941
363
Susan Richards Shreve 1939
364
Anne Rivers Siddons 1936
365
Lewis P Simpson 19162005
368
Charles Alphonso Smith 18641924
369
Charles Henry Smith 18261903
370
Dave Smith 1942
371
F Hopkinson Smith 18381915
372
Lee Smith 1944
374
Lillian Smith 18971966
375
R T Smith 1947
376
EDEN Southworth 18191899
377
Alfred Bennett Spellman 1935
378
Anne Spencer 18821975
379
Laurence Stallings 18941968
380
Max Steele 19222005
381
Wilbur Daniel Steele 18861970
382
James Sterling 17011763
383
William Stith 17071755
384
James Howell Street 19031954
385
T S Stribling 18811965
386
Dabney Stuart 1937
387
Jesse Stuart 19061984
388
Ruth McEnery Stuart 1852?1917
389
William Styron 1925
390
Virgil Suárez 1962
391
Hollis Summers 19161987
392
John Banister Tabb 18451907
393
Hardin E Taliaferro 18111875
394
Donna Tartt 1963
395
Eleanor Ross Taylor 1920
397
Peter Taylor 19171994
398
John Taylor of Caroline 17531824
399
John Reuben Thompson 18231873
400
William Tappan Thompson 18121882
401
Thomas Bangs Thorpe 18151878
402
Henry Timrod 18281867
403
Melvin Beaunorous Tolson 18981966
405
Jean Toomer 18941967
406
William Peterfield Trent 18621939
407
George Tucker 17751861
408
Nathaniel Beverley Tucker 17841851
410
St George Tucker 17521827
411
Joseph Addison Turner 18261868
412
Anne Tyler 1941
414
Alfred Uhry 1936
415
Abraham Verghese 1955
416
Paula Vogel 1951
417
Ellen Bryant Voigt 1943
418
John Donald Wade 18921963
419
Margaret Walker 19151998
420
Eugene Walter 19211998
421
Kittrell J Warren 18291889
422
Robert Penn Warren 19051989
423
Booker T Washington 18561915
425
Henry Watterson 18401921
426
Ida B Wells 18621931
427
Rebecca Wells ca 1952
428
Don West 19061992
430
Alexander Whitaker 15851617
431
Daniel Kimball Whitaker 18011881
432
Bailey White 1950
433
Walter Francis White 18931955
434
James Whitehead 19362003
435
Tom Wicker 1926
436
Allen Wier 1946
437
Richard Henry Wilde 17891847
438
Sylvia Wilkinson 1940
439
Joan Williams 19282004
440
Jonathan Williams 1929
441
SammArt Williams 1946
442
Tennessee Williams 19111983
443
Calder Willingham 19221995
445
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson 18351909
446
William Wirt 17721834
447
Thomas Wolfe 19001938
448
Tom Wolfe 1931
450
Charles Woodmason ca 1720ca 1776
451
C Vann Woodward 19081999
452
C D Wright 1949
453
Charles Wright 1935
454
Jonathan Yardley 1939
456
Marly Youmans 1953
457
Stark Young 18811963
458
John Joachim Zubly 17241781
459
Contributors
461
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About the author (2006)

Joseph M. Flora is Atlanta Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of many books, including The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs and the original Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary.

Amber Vogel is director of the DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Californian by birth, she has lived in the South since a teenager and has been engaged in the region's culture and literature as an editor and educator for more than twenty years.

A native North Carolinian, Bryan Giemza is a visiting assistant professor of English at Wake Forest University.

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