The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature
Georgia has played a formative role in the writing of America.
Few states have produced a more impressive array of literary
figures, among them Conrad Aiken, Erskine Caldwell, James Dickey,
Joel Chandler Harris, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Jean
Toomer, and Alice Walker.
This volume contains biographical and critical discussions of
Georgia writers from the nineteenth century to the present as well
as other information pertinent to Georgia literature. Organized in
alphabetical order by author, the entries discuss each author's
life and work, contributions to Georgia history and culture, and
relevance to wider currents in regional and national literature.
Lists of recommended readings supplement most entries.
Especially important Georgia books have their own entries: works
of social significance such as Lillian Smith's Strange
Fruit, international publishing sensations like Margaret
Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, and crowning artistic
achievements including Jean Toomer's Cane. The literary
culture of the state is also covered, with information on the
Georgia Review and other journals; the Georgia Center for
the Book, which promotes authors and reading; and the Townsend
Prize, given in recognition of the year's best fiction. This is an
essential volume for readers who want both to celebrate and learn
more about Georgia's literary heritage.
Subjects: History, Language & Literature
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