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A guide to literary sites of the South
Robinson, Ella, 1954-
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Publication Information:
Northport, Ala. : Vision Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xv, 275 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PS144.S67 R63 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Writing specifically for the traveler with a literary bent, Alabama freelancer Robinson provides detailed information on the homes of notable Southern writers (address, hours, admission fee, telephone) and a brief description of what can be found there, as well as a short profile of each author. The featured writers were either born in the South (William Faulkner) or spent a good portion of their writing life there (Ernest Hemingway). Robinson includes authors from the Civil War to the present, from Mason Locke Weems to William Styron. The appendix lists homes, markers, libraries, festivals, cemeteries, Southern prize winners, and Friends of Libraries U.S.A. recognition plaques. There are some notable exclusions (Walker Percy and James Dickey), and others, like James Weldon Johnson, are included even though their only sites are collections of their works in libraries. Recommended, with reservations, for personal use and public libraries.‘Julia Stump, Voorheesville P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A refreshing change from typical travel guides, this book adds a literary twist to guides to historic sites. Robinson (a freelance writer) identifies 26 major home sites, 62 other sites of interest (including monuments and historic markers), 54 burial sites, and 19 literary festivals. Included are authors who have lived in and written about the South, beginning with such early writers as 18th-century playwright Thomas Godfrey and closing about 200 years later. The main part of the guide features writer profiles, homes or sites associated with each, and the site's hours of operation, contact information, and admission fees. William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and other southern writers are present, although Allen Tate, Walker Percy, and several other contemporary authors are regrettably omitted. Given the mobile lifestyles of southern writers, Robinson associates them with the place she considers appropriate, hence Tennessee Williams is listed in Mississippi, not New Orleans. Helpful appendixes feature an author index, cemeteries, literary festivals held across the country, and other lists. Previous literary landmark guides for the South are not in the handy paperback format of this one. Recommended for most libraries. S. R. Moore; University of Southwestern Louisiana