The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature

Edited by Hugh Ruppersburg

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Pages: 472

Trim size: 5.500in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 04/01/2007

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2876-8

List Price: $30.95

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The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature

Edited by Hugh Ruppersburg

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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.

A literary Godsend . . . Once in a blue moon a book comes across my desk that I can really use. I mean 'use' as opposed to 'read'; a book that will become part of my reference collection and will serve me well in my literary work. The most recent of such books [is] The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature . . . A tremendous resource . . . A fine new volume. As a literary professional, let me say a very big 'thank you' to those who made this volume possible. You have made my job an awful lot easier . . . and I'm very grateful.

—St. John Flynn, Cover to Cover, Georgia Public Broadcasting

Countering Mencken's image of a cultural wasteland, the Companion to Georgia Literature affirms the richness and vigor of the state's literary landscape.

—Joan Wiley Hall, Mississippi Quarterly

These days the South likes to see itself as more specific regions, customarily divided by state lines. An example is The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature. The editor's range is particularly good, reaching from James Dickey and John Oliver Killens to Harry Crews and Judith Ortiz Cofer.

—American Literary Scholarship

Alan Jackson

Alex Lichtenstein

Alexander Macaulay

Angela Pulley

Anna Holloway

Barbara Wade

Brian Ferguson-Avery

Bruce Clayton

Carey Olmstead Shellman

Carl Weeks

Carlos Dews

Carmine Palumbo

Carol Andrews

Catherine Badura

Charlotte Pfeiffer

Clayton Morton

Craig Lloyd

Dana F. White

Darren Grem

David B. Parker

David Des Jardines

David Payne

David Rachels

Dede Yow

Derrick P. Alridge

Don Rhodes

Edna Acosta-Belen

Edwin T. Arnold

Francis Ticknor Mallard

Gary Kerley

Gary M Fink

Greg Lisby

Herbert Denmark

Herbert Shippey

Hubert H. McAlexander

Jacqueline Miller Carmichael

James C. Cobb

James J. Lorence

James Murphy

Jan Whitt

Jane Thomas

Janet Gabler-Hover

Jarrod Atchison

John Kirk

John Mcleod

Joy Mallard

June Seese

Kay Beck

Keith Hulett

Kelly Gerald

Kenneth Janken

Kim Purcell

Lamar York

Leonard Ray Teel

Lesa Corrigan

Mae Claxton

Matthew Mancini

Megan Kate Nelson

Michael E. Price

Michael Jordan

Michael O'Dwyer

Miriam Terry

Philip Lee Williams

Qiana Whitted

R. Bruce Bickley

Renee Pearman

Robert Hamblin

Robin Ogier Warren

Sam Prestridge

Sandra Hughes

Sarah Gordon

Scott Romine

Stephen Corey

Steven Harvey

Susan Henry

Suzanne Sowinska

Ted Spivey

Ted Wadley

Thomas Cooksey

Thomas L. McHaney

Valerie Frazier

Valerie Levy

Wayne Mixon

William Starr

Yi-Hsuan Tso

About the Author/Editor

HUGH RUPPERSBURG is Emeritus University Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He is the literature section editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia.