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Contemporary Southern men fiction writers : an annotated bibliography
Reisman, Rosemary M. Canfield.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press ; Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
ix, 427 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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From the irrepressible character of William Faulkner to current popular excitement over Cormac McCarthy, Southern fiction remains a vibrant and colorful part of American fiction. This carefully annotated bibliography lists sources of criticism for thirty-nine Southern male authors, each of whom has published at least one significant book of fiction between 1970 and 1994. The book broadens the term "Southern," by including men who were raised in the South and have since left, such as Robert Morgan and Ernest Gaines, and those who have never lived in the South but nevertheless consider it the appropriate setting for all their fictional work, such as Robert Olen Butler. The selection criteria tends toward exposing the lesser known critical interpretations of important authors and providing unusual glances at their creative work. The book includes critical material that could be overlooked, such as interviews and uncollected essays, as well as the better known critical sources, such as individual author bibliographies. A priceless work of scholarship.

Author Notes

Rosemary (Moody) Canfield Reisman presently teaches at Charleston Southern University
Suzanne Booker-Canfield is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she is completing her dissertation

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Latest volumes in the Magill Bibliographies series. Black/White Relations lists "the key historical and sociological treatments of the topic of race relations that have been published since 1945." Contemporary Southern Men, a companion to Contemporary Southern Women Writers (1994), covers nearly 40 men, including James Lee Burke, Ernest Gaines, and William Styron. Four British Novelists includes "almost all the criticism" on the women it covers from the beginnings of their careers through 1996. Introducing Canada lists sources under topics such as "Native Aspects of History," "Political History," and "Working-Class and Labour History."

Choice Review

Intended as a logical companion to Reisman and Christopher Canfield's Contemporary Southern Women Fiction Writers (1994), this title falls short primarily through a lack of breadth. Defining "contemporary" as having published a "significant" work of fiction within the last decade and "southern" as writers who have lived in, written about, or spent their formative years in the South, the coauthors fit many kinds of fictionalists into their mold, placing stalwarts Styron, Hannah, Conroy, and Dickey alongside Gurganus, Edgerton, and Reynolds Price. Omitted, however, are the seminal contemporary southern gentlemen Walker Percy, Max Apple, and all the Barthelmes, although John Grisham gains admittance. The 38 selected authors each receive 10 to 60 annotations, mostly drawn from major book review sources and critical studies. The book is most useful for its inclusion of good if obscure references, particularly for lesser-known writers, but it will not stand comparison with either Mary Ellen Snodgrass's Encyclopedia of Southern Literature (CH, May'98) or the fine Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South, ed. by Joseph M. Flora and Robert Bain (CH, Jan'94). Recommended only for comprehensive southern literature collections. A. J. Adam; Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
General Studiesp. 9
Richard Bauschp. 27
Madison Smartt Bellp. 37
John ed Bradleyp. 54
Larry Brownp. 59
James Lee Burkep. 69
Robert Olen Butlerp. 80
Fred Chappellp. 91
Mark Childressp. 103
Pat Conroyp. 109
Harry Crewsp. 118
Pete Dexterp. 132
James Dickeyp. 140
Andre Dubusp. 152
Clyde Edgertonp. 166
Ernest J. Gainesp. 174
George Garrettp. 191
John Grishamp. 203
Allan Gurganusp. 216
Barry Hannahp. 224
Madison Jonesp. 237
Terry Kayp. 248
Randall Kenanp. 252
Cormac Mccarthyp. 257
Tim Mclaurinp. 269
Larry Mcmurtryp. 274
Michael Malonep. 291
Robert Morganp. 298
Albert Murrayp. 306
Laurence Naumoffp. 316
Lewis Nordanp. 322
T[Homas] R[Eid] Pearsonp. 330
Padgett Powellp. 336
Reynolds Pricep. 345
Ferrol Samsp. 356
William Styronp. 361
Peter [Hillsman] Taylorp. 382
James Wilcoxp. 396
Philip Lee Williamsp. 403
Indexp. 409