In Q&A's what everybody admires about the South--the Writers!
In 1917 when H. L. Mencken belittled the
South as "almost as sterile artistically, intellectually and culturally
as the Sahara Desert," he set off a reaction that is still reverberating
today. The first issue of The Double Dealer out of New Orleans
in 1921 pronounced it "high time, we believe, for some doughty clear-visioned
penmen to emerge from the sodden marshes of Southern literature." Hundreds
Supplanting the romantic novelists of the
Old South, the new Southern fiction writer displayed an enormous diversity
of interest and daring technique. Indeed, Southern fiction came to
be viewed as perhaps the most significant movement in modern American writing.
Here in a quiz book pinpointing twentieth-century
Southern writers are questions (and answers) that inquiring minds need
to know. What do Southern writers care about? What fabulous
characters inhabit their pages? What Southern titles should be on
every reading list? The Southern Writers Quiz Book is full
of tests for those who know and know they know Southern literature.
The quizzes included suggest a multitude
of fascinating characters, exotic locales, and mythic minds. This book
is a game of unabashed regional chauvinism. It professes absolutely
no attempt to seek or show unifying principles of Southern writing.
Instead, it exists for the sheer joy of bragg adocio. Play along, and you
too can become a Southern Writers groupie.
Patti Carr Black is the author of Art in Mississippi, 1790-1980
and many other books about Mississippi art and writers. She formerly
served as director of the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.