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Across the Creek: Faulkner Family Stories

The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable

African American Haiku: Cultural Visions

The African American Sonnet: A Literary History

African-American Proverbs in Context

After Southern Modernism: Fiction of the Contemporary South

All Stories Are True: History, Myth, and Trauma in the Work of John Edgar Wideman

Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature

American Exceptionalism

Apostles of Light

Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium

Autobiography of a Female Slave

The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks

Barry Hannah: Postmodern Romantic


Between Distant Modernities : Performing Exceptionality in Francoist Spain and the Jim Crow South

Between Generations: Collaborative Authorship in the Golden Age of Children's Literature

The Big Ballad Jamboree

The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation

Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation

Black Writers, White Publishers: Marketplace Politics in Twentieth Century African American Literature

Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press

Boomerang and Never Die

Breaking the Rule of Cool: Interviewing and Reading Women Beat Writers

Bret Harte: Prince and Pauper

Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation

A Business Career

Cajun and Creole Folktales

Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher

Children of the Dark House: Text and Context in Faulkner

Chita: A Memory of Last Island

Choctaw Tales

Christmas Stories from Georgia

Christmas Stories from Mississippi

Cinderella in America: A Book of Folk and Fairy Tales

Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association

Connecting Times: The Sixties in Afro-American Fiction

Conversations with Allen Ginsberg

Conversations with Amiri Baraka

Conversations with Andre Dubus

Conversations with Ann Beattie

Conversations with Arthur Miller

Conversations with Audre Lorde

Conversations with August Wilson

Conversations with Barry Hannah

Conversations with Bernard Malamud

Conversations with Bharati Mukherjee

Conversations with Chaim Potok

Conversations with Chester Himes

Conversations with Christopher Isherwood

Conversations with Clarence Major

Conversations with Colson Whitehead

Conversations with David Foster Wallace

Conversations with Denise Levertov

Conversations with Don DeLillo

Conversations with Dorothy Allison

Conversations with E. L. Doctorow

Conversations with Edmund White

Conversations with Edward Albee

Conversations with Edwidge Danticat

Conversations with Elizabeth Bishop

Conversations with Elizabeth Spencer

Conversations with Ellen Douglas

Conversations with Erica Jong

Conversations with Ernest Gaines

Conversations with Ernest Hemingway

Conversations with Erskine Caldwell

Conversations with Eudora Welty

Conversations with Eugene O'Neill

Conversations with F. Scott Fitzgerald

Conversations with Flannery O'Connor

Conversations with Gary Snyder

Conversations with Gish Jen

Conversations with Gloria Naylor

Conversations with Gordon Lish

Conversations with Gore Vidal

Conversations with Grace Paley

Conversations with Greil Marcus

Conversations with Gwendolyn Brooks

Conversations with Henry Miller

Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson

Conversations with Isaac Asimov

Conversations with Ishmael Reed

Conversations with Jack Kerouac

Conversations with James Baldwin

Conversations with James Ellroy

Conversations with James Salter

Conversations with James Thurber

Conversations with Jerzy Kosinski

Conversations with Jim Harrison

Conversations with Joan Didion

Conversations with John A. Williams

Conversations with John Edgar Wideman

Conversations with John Gardner

Conversations with John Steinbeck

Conversations with John Updike

Conversations with Jonathan Lethem

Conversations with Jonathan Lethem

Conversations with Joseph Heller

Conversations with Joyce Carol Oates

Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut

Conversations with Larry Brown

Conversations with Lee Smith

Conversations with Leon Forrest

Conversations with Leslie Marmon Silko

Conversations with Lillian Hellman

Conversations with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris

Conversations with M. F. K. Fisher

Conversations with Madeleine L'Engle

Conversations with Malcolm Cowley

Conversations with Margaret Walker

Conversations with Mary Gordon

Conversations with Mary McCarthy

Conversations with Maurice Sendak

Conversations with Maxine Hong Kingston

Conversations with May Sarton

Conversations with Maya Angelou

Conversations with Mexican American Writers: Languages and Literatures in the Borderlands

Conversations with Michael Chabon

Conversations with Michael Crichton

Conversations with N. Scott Momaday

Conversations with Nikki Giovanni

Conversations with Norman Mailer

Conversations with Octavia Butler

Conversations with Paul Auster

Conversations with Paul Bowles

Conversations with Paule Marshall

Conversations with Pauline Kael

Conversations with Percival Everett

Conversations with Peter Taylor

Conversations with Philip Roth

Conversations with Ralph Ellison

Conversations with Ray Bradbury

Conversations with Raymond Carver

Conversations with Reynolds Price

Conversations with Richard Ford

Conversations with Richard Wilbur

Conversations with Richard Wright

Conversations with Rita Dove

Conversations with Robert Coles

Conversations with Robert Penn Warren

Conversations with Robert Stone

Conversations with Ron Rash

Conversations with Rudolfo Anaya

Conversations with Russell Banks

Conversations with S. J. Perelman

Conversations with Samuel R. Delany

Conversations with Saul Bellow

Conversations with Shelby Foote

Conversations with Sherman Alexie

Conversations with Sonia Sanchez

Conversations with Sterling Plumpp

Conversations with Susan Sontag

Conversations with Tennessee Williams

Conversations with Thomas McGuane

Conversations with Thornton Wilder

Conversations with Tim Gautreaux

Conversations with Tim O'Brien

Conversations with Tom Robbins

Conversations with Tom Wolfe

Conversations with Toni Cade Bambara

Conversations with Toni Morrison

Conversations with Ursula K. Le Guin

Conversations With W. S. Merwin

Conversations with Walker Percy

Conversations with Walter Mosley

Conversations with Will D. Campbell

Conversations with William F. Buckley Jr.

Conversations with William Faulkner

Conversations with William Gibson

Conversations with William H. Gass

Conversations with William Kennedy

Conversations with William Maxwell

Conversations with William S. Burroughs

Conversations with William Styron

Conversations with Willie Morris

Conversations with: Yusef Komunyakaa

A Cormac McCarthy Companion: The Border Trilogy

The Correspondence of Flannery O'Connor and the Brainard Cheneys

Count No 'Count: Flashbacks to Faulkner

Country Churchyards

Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an unlikely couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and transformed children's Literature

Cry Uncle

Cultural Orphans in America

The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs

Czesław Miłosz: Conversations

Dancing on the Color Line: African American Tricksters in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Dangerous Freedom: Fusion and Fragmentation in Toni Morrison's Novels

A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty

Dark Princess

Defining New Yorker Humor

Defining Travel: Diverse Visions

Desegregating Desire: Race and Sexuality in Cold War American Literature

Direct Democracy: Collective Power, the Swarm, and the Literatures of the Americas

Divine Destiny: Gender and Race in Nineteenth-Century Protestantism

The Dixie Limited: Writers on William Faulkner and His Influence

Domesticity with a Difference: The Nonfiction of Catharine Beecher, Sarah J. Hale, Fanny Fern, and Margaret Fuller

Doubled Plots: Romance and History

The Dragon's Blood: Feminist Intertextuality in Eudora Welty's 'The Golden Apples'

DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and the World of Porgy and Bess

Early Escapades

Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement

Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna: A Children's Classic at 100

Elie Wiesel: Conversations

Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865

Ernest J. Gaines: Conversations

Eudora Welty and Surrealism

Eudora Welty's World: Words on Nature

Eudora Welty: A Bibliography of Her Work

Evelyn's Husband

Falling Through Space: The Journals of Ellen Gilchrist

Faulkner and Film

Faulkner and Formalism: Returns of the Text

Faulkner and Gender

Faulkner and His Contemporaries

Faulkner and History

Faulkner and Ideology

Faulkner and Material Culture

Faulkner and Money

Faulkner and Popular Culture

Faulkner and Postmodernism

Faulkner and Print Culture

Faulkner and Psychology

Faulkner and Race

Faulkner and Religion

Faulkner and the Artist

Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas

Faulkner and the Craft of Fiction

Faulkner and the Ecology of the South

Faulkner and the Native South

Faulkner and the Natural World

Faulkner and the Short Story

Faulkner and War

Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Faulkner and Whiteness

Faulkner and Women

Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect

A Faulkner Chronology

Faulkner in America

Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century

Faulkner on the Color Line: The Later Novels

Faulkner: A Biography

Faulkner: Masks and Metaphors

Faulkner's Geographies

Faulkner's Inheritance

Faulkner's Rowan Oak

Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir: Smith, Glasgow, Welty, Hellman, Porter, and Hurston

Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture

Fifty Years after Faulkner

Fighting and Writing the Vietnam War

Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

Fire in the Morning

Flannery O' Connor: An Introduction

Flannery O'Connor's Religion of the Grotesque

Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets

Friendship and Sympathy: Communities of Southern Women Writers

Global Faulkner

Hawthorne's Narrative Strategies

The Hell of War Comes Home: Imaginative Texts from the Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq

Hotel Room Trilogy

The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South

Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious

Interviews with Dwight MacDonald

Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio Hearn

Inventing Southern Literature

Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line

Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States

Joseph Brodsky: Conversations

Jujitsu for Christ

Katherine Anne Porter: Conversations

Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist

Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work, and Sex in the South

Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Larry Brown: A Writer's Life

The Lasting of the Mohicans: History of an American Myth

Laugh Track

Lauren's Line

Lavish Self-Divisions: The Novels of Joyce Carol Oates

Leaving the South: Border Crossing Narratives and the Remaking of Southern Identity

A Lifetime Burning

The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales

A Literary History of Mississippi

Little Red Readings: Historical Materialist Perspectives on Children's Literature

Lockstep and Dance: Images of Black Men in Popular Culture

Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide

Louisiana Voyages: The Travel Writings of Catharine Cole

The Magic Carpet and Other Tales

Margaret Atwood's Fairy-Tale Sexual Politics

A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader

Memory's Tailor

Mississippi Writers Talking

Mississippi Writers Talking II

Mississippi Writers: An Anthology

Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth, Vol. I: Fiction

Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth, Vol. II: Non-fiction

Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth, Vol. III: Poetry

Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth, Vol. IV: Drama

More Conversations with Eudora Welty

More Conversations with Walker Percy

Morgana: Two Stories from 'The Golden Apples'

Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore

Mothers in Children's and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a, and Asian American Fictions

My Friend Tom: The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams

My Mississippi

Myself and the World: A Biography of William Faulkner

Mystery Fiction and Modern Life

Nationalism, Marxism, and African American Literature between the Wars: A New Pandora's Box

Native American Writing in the Southeast: An Anthology, 1875-1935

The New Great American Writers Cookbook

The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

New York Voices: Fourteen Portraits

The Night Travellers

Occasions: Selected Writings

On the Gulf

On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover's America

On William Faulkner

One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression: A Snapshot Album

The Other Carl Sandburg

The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku

Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt

The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly

Paul Marchand, F. M. C.

Personal Souths Interviews from the Southern Quarterly

Perspectives on Barry Hannah

Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy

Perspectives on Harry Crews

Perspectives on Percival Everett

Perspectives on Richard Ford

A Place Called Mississippi: Collected Narratives


The Poetics of American Song Lyrics


Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights

Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and Literature

The Postwar African American Novel: Protest and Discontent, 1945-1950

The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching

Reading Faulkner: Collected Stories

Reading Faulkner: Light in August

Reading Faulkner: Sanctuary

Reading Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury

Reading Faulkner: The Unvanquished

Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children's Literature and Culture

Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature

Realism for the Masses: Aesthetics, Popular Front Pluralism, and U.S. Culture, 1935-1947

Reclaiming Community in Contemporary African American Fiction

Reconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House and Beyond

Red Stick Men: Stories

Redressing the Balance: American Women's Literary Humor from Colonial Times to the 1980s

Resistance and Reformation in Nineteenth-Century African-American Literature: Brown, Wilson, Jacobs, Delany, Douglass, and Harper

Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left

Richard Wright Writing America at Home and from Abroad

Richard Wright: Books and Writers

Richard Wright's Travel Writings: New Reflections

Robbing the Mother: Women in Faulkner

The Rock Cried Out

Salvation Run

Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter: Chronicles of a Modern Woman

Sentenced to Death: The American Novel and Capital Punishment

A Serigamy of Stories

The Seventh Babe

The Several Lives of Chester Himes

Shadow and Shelter: The Swamp in Southern Culture

Shadowing Ralph Ellison

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

Shaping Our Mothers' World: American Women's Magazines


Shelby Foote: A Writer's Life

Shelby Foote: Novelist and Historian

Shifting Interludes: Selected Essays


The Shoe Bird

Sitting in Darkness: New South Fiction, Education, and the Rise of Jim Crow Colonialism, 1865-1920

Skin Deep

The Snare

Some Notes on River Country

The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness

Southern Belle

Southern Writers on Writing

Southern Writers Quiz Book

Speaking of the Short Story: Interviews with Contemporary Writers

Spheres of Liberty: Changing Perceptions of Liberty in American Culture

Stanley Kubrick: Adapting the Sublime

Still Following Percy

Strings Attached

Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon, Revised and Updated

Talking with Michener

Tell about Night Flowers: Eudora Welty's Gardening Letters, 1940-1949

Tennessee Williams and the South

This Crooked Way

Tillie Olsen and a Feminist Spiritual Vision

To Make a New Race: Gurdjieff, Toomer, and the Harlem Renaissance

Toni Morrison: Conversations

Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Too Close to Call

Truman Capote: Conversations

Turncoats, Traitors, and Fellow Travelers: Culture and Politics of the Early Cold War

Twain's Brand: Humor in Contemporary American Culture

A Tyrannous Eye: Eudora Welty's Nonfiction and Photographs

Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales

Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

Unflinching Gaze: Morrison and Faulkner Re-Envisioned

Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women's Writing, 1850-1930

Unveiling Kate Chopin

Urbane Revolutionary: C. L. R. James and the Struggle for a New Society

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination

Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement

W. E. B. Du Bois on Asia: Crossing the World Color Line

War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction

Warring Fictions: Cultural Politics and the Vietnam War Narrative

Water Dreams

A Web of Relationship: Women in the Short Fiction of Mary Wilkins Freeman

Welty: A Life in Literature

What Gets Into Us

What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction

Where the Dreams Cross

Whiteness in the Novels of Charles W. Chesnutt

Whitewashing America: Material Culture and Race in the Antebellum Imagination

Why I Left America and Other Essays

Willie: The Life of Willie Morris

Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

The World of Richard Wright

World War I and Southern Modernism

World War I and the Cultures of Modernity

A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews

Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways

The Writing Life


Levels of Membership


Record-Setting High Water on the Mississippi | James F. Barnett Jr. Reflects on Current Flooding in the US

In light of the current floods submerging the Midwest and along the Mississippi River and scientists’ predictions that this is just the beginning, James F. Barnett Jr., author of Beyond Control: The Mississippi River’s New Channel to the Gulf of Mexico, a detailed chronicle of how the wild Mississippi will eventually deliver a cataclysm, shares his thoughts below. Viewed from the Natchez

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