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Southern selves : from Mark Twain and Eudora Welty to Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons : a collection of autobiographical writing

Author: James H Watkins
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The memoirist seek to capture not just a self but an entire world, and in this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the South's finest writers--writers like Kaye Gibbons and Reynolds Price, Eudora Welty and Harry Crews, Richard Wright and Dorothy Allison--make their intensely personal contributions to a vibrant collective picture of southern life. In the hands of these superb artists, the South's rich tradition of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 97050206
(OCoLC)38055975
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James H Watkins
ISBN: 9780307427908 0307427900 1299312357 9781299312357
OCLC Number: 647542365
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 377 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: From A death in the Family / James Agee --
From Skin: talking about sex, class & literature / Dorothy Allison --
From I knew why the caged bird sings / Maya Angelou --
From On fire / Larry Brown --
From Brother to a dragonfly / Will D. Campbell --
From A childhood: the biography of a place / Harry Crews --
From Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, written by himself / Frederick Douglass --
"The first grade, Jesus, and the Hollyberry family" / Kaye Gibbons --
From Witness to sorrow: the antebellus autobiography of William J. Grayson / William J. Grayson --
From Dust tracks on a road / Zora Neale Hurston --
From Incidents in the life of a slave girl / Harriet Jacobs --
From A slaveholder's daughter / Belle Kearney --
From Confessions of a failed Southern lady / Florence King --
From The making of a Southerner / Katharine Du Pre Lumkin --
From The South and the Southerner / Ralph McGill --
From Keeper of the moon: a Southern boyhood / Tim McLaurin --
From Coming of age in Mississippi / Anne Moody --
From North toward home / Willie Morris --
From Proud shoes: The story of an American family / Pauli Murray --
From Lanterns on the levee: recollections of a planter's son / William Alexander Percy --
From Clear pictures: first loves, first guides / Reynolds Price --
From Background in Tennessee / Evelyn Scott --
From Killers of the dream / Lillian Smith --
From One upon a time when we were Colored / Clifton Taulbert --
From Destruction and reconstruction: personal experiences of the late war / Richard Taylor --
"The private history of a campaign that failed" / Mark Twain --
From Portrait of a father / Robert Penn Warren --
From Up from slavery / Booker T. Washington --
From "Co. Aytch": a side show of the big show / Sam R. Watkins --
From One writer's beginnings / Eudora Welty --
From Black boy (American hunger) / Richard Wright.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by James H. Watkins.
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The memoirist seek to capture not just a self but an entire world, and in this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the South's finest writers--writers like Kaye Gibbons and Reynolds Price, Eudora Welty and Harry Crews, Richard Wright and Dorothy Allison--make their intensely personal contributions to a vibrant collective picture of southern life. In the hands of these superb artists, the South's rich tradition of storytelling is brilliantly revealed. Whether slave or master, intellectual or "redneck," each voice in this moving and unforgettable collection is proof that southern literature richly deserves its reputation for irreverent humor, exquisite language, a feeling for place, and an undying, often heartbreaking sense of the past. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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