Growing Up in the South: An Anthology of Modern Southern Literature

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Suzanne Whitmore Jones
Mentor, 1991 - Fiction - 523 pages
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Something about the South has inspired the imaginations of an extraordinary number of America's best storytellers - and greatest writers. That quality may be a rich, unequivocal sense of place, a living connection with the past, or the contradictions and passions that endow this region with awesome tragedy. The stories in this superb collection of modern Southern writing are about childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood - in other words, about growing up in the South. An excerpt from Maya Angelou's autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," describing her 1940 grade school graduation is a story of discrimination and the strengths blacks gained as they united as a community to fight prejudice. Flannery O'Conner's "Everything That Rises Must Converge, "set in a South that remains segregated even after segregation is declared illegal, is the story of a white college student who chastises his mother for her prejudice against blacks. But black, white, aristocrat, or sharecropper, each of these 24 authors is unmistakably Southern... and their writing, indisputably wonderful.

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

I have to admit - I only read half of this book. These were just excerpts from books written by these authors - maybe a chapter or just a story - not even short stories. But even so, I found myself ... Read full review

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User Review  - Corin - Goodreads

Going on a "girl trip" in August to New Orleans!!!!This book is a great collection of short stories and excerpts by southern writers. A very eclectic mix. Read full review


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Suzanne W. Jones is a professor of American Literature and Women’s Studies at the University of Richmond. The author of a number of essays about southern literature, she is also the editor of another collection of stories, Crossing the Color Line: Readings in Black and White, and two collections of essays, South to a New Place (with Sharon Monteith) and Writing the Woman Artist.

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