Eudora Welty

Why We Need Diverse Writers’ Landmarks


In 1974, Alice Walker went on a road trip with her mother, back to the stretch between Eatonton and Milledgeville where she had grown up. At a lecture Walker had given, someone had pointed out that Walker had grown up just minutes from Andalusia, Flannery O’Connor’s dairy farm. Walker, an O’Connor fan, decided to visit both the place she lived and O’Connor’s Andalusia. She found her childhood home in ruins and O’Connor’s vacant house largely intact.
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50 Incredible Novels Under 200 Pages


Springtime can make even the most devoted of readers a little bit antsy. After all, there are flowers to smell, puddles to jump in, fresh love to kindle. You still want to have a novel in your pocket — just maybe one that doesn’t require quite so epic an attention span. Never fear: after the jump, you will find 50 incredible novels under 200 pages (editions vary, of course, so there’s a little leeway) that are suitable for this or any …Read More

The 50 Best Southern Novels Ever Written


The American South has long been seen as the focus of the country’s Civil Rights Movement, carrying with it the stigma of poverty, racism, and anti-intellectualism. Yet the region has also produced a disproportionate number of intellectuals, poets, and writers, possibly because of the complicated and layered identities each Southerner holds within him- or herself. The South has begotten some of our nation’s most important authors, including prize winners like William Styron, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Ralph Ellison, Harper Lee, and that titan of American letters, William Faulkner. These 50 novels are a reminder that the South cannot be defined solely by its failings; it is also responsible for shaping the minds of countless thinkers who offered to American literature essential insights about not only their region but the world at …Read More