Writers of the American South:
Their Literary Landscapes

by Hugh Howard

Hidden in Plain View (Doubleday)

Photographs by Roger Straus III. Universe Publishing (2005). 286pp. including index. 7.25 x 9.25 inches. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 0-8478-2767-4. ISBN-13: 978-0-8478-2767-1.

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About the Book

The American South has long revered its literary luminaries. Their talent for evoking a sense of place, essential to their characters, reflects an elemental connection to their home soil. William Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha County, Eudora Welty and the Delta, Pat Conroy and the Low Country, Margaret Mitchell and war-ravaged Georgia…the list goes on.

Exploring the imaginative link between Southern authors and their geography and how profoundly it shapes their writing, Writers of the American South offers intimate and engaging portraits of twenty-two of the South's most important contributors to American literature. We learn that three generations of writers — Faulkner, Shelby Foote, and Ann Patchett — share the same dreamscape, the battlefield at Shiloh. The compelling tension in Carl Hiaasen's life is revealed as the ruthless development around him on the fragile Florida Keys. For Josephine Humphreys, Charleston is a city that has a hold on its young. Christopher Tilghman found his voice when he began writing about the Chesapeake Bay property his family has owned for a dozen generations. And when asked who influenced them, most of the contemporary authors profiled responded with the same three names: Faulkner Welty and Flannery O'Connor.

Through a winning combination of vibrant and evocative photographs and exceptional storytelling and interviews (and including information for visiting the houses that are open to the public), Writers of the American South embarks on a Southern sojourn that richly illuminates the lives and homes of the region's literary royalty, from whose creative genius unforgettable characters have been conceived, extraordinary stories have been crafted, and classics have emerged.

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Editor's Note: The book contains numerous photographs and descriptions of the exteriors and interiors of the author's homes, all of which are historic structures. The architectural history expertise of the book's author and photographer is richly evident.

About the Creators

Hugh Howard's numerous books include the definitive Thomas Jefferson, Architect; his memoir House-Dreams; the essay collection The Preservationist's Progress; and his introduction to the architecture of Williamsburg, Colonial Housesg.

The photographs of Roger Straus III have appeared in Natchez: The Houses and History of the Jewel of the Mississipi; Thomas Jefferson, Architect; US1: America's Original Main Street; Mississippi Currents; Modernism Reborn; and Wright for Wright.

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