Classic Southern Writers Posted by: Lindsey Castrodale | 0 Comments
There’s just something about classic Southern literature and the way it gathers you in, holds you with its natural tensions and family conflicts, and talks to you in a familiar drawl. Whether it’s a play, novel, or short story, Southern writers have a way of taking you in slowly and then leaving pieces of their characters, and themselves, inside of you. Here are some of our favorite classic Southern Writers:
“Stella!” Who can forget that famous line from arguably Williams’ greatest play, A Streetcar Named Desire? The demise of an old aristocratic family, jealousy, lies, the conflict between appearances and reality—it’s all ripe in Southern soil, and Tennessee Williams knows how to plant the seeds.
Known for her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s work tackles racism, the destruction of innocence, and generational ties, all through the eyes of a young girl, Scout. Harper Lee turns the mirror on us and forces us to examine our own beliefs, forever changing us.
Short story extraordinaire Eudora Welty explores virtue, compassion, and the grotesque through a dark humor that is wrapped up in stories that are built like fairytales. Family, nature and the land, and legend all weave through her work, and unsuspectingly into us.
Religion, family, death, and dark humor permeate Flannery O’Connor’s work as she pulls back the rug to expose hypocrisies in society and individuals. As her characters are led to epiphanies, so are we, and these epiphanies often change our lives as well.
By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure.
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