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The Fable of the Southern Writer
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“With a breadth and depth unsurpassed by any other cultural historian of the South, Lewis Simpson examines the writing of southerners Thomas Jefferson, John Randolph, Mark Twain, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Arthur Crew Inman, William Styron, and Walker Percy. Simpson offers challenging essays of easy erudition blessedly free of academic jargon. . . . [They] do not propose to support an overall thesis, but simply explore the southern writer’s unique relationship with his or her region, bereft of myth and tradition, in the grasp of science and history.”—Library Journal

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-11
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-13
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Prologue: John Randolph and the Inwardness of History
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. I: The Fable of the Agrarians and the Failure of the American Republic
  2. pp. 13-23
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  1. II: A Fable of White and Black: Jefferson, Madison, Tate
  2. pp. 24-53
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  1. III: History and the Will of the Artist: Elizabeth Madox Roberts
  2. pp. 54-72
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  1. IV: War and Memory: Quentin Compson's Civil War
  2. pp. 73-95
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  1. V: The Tenses of History: Faulkner
  2. pp. 96-113
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  1. VI: The Poetry of Criticism: Allen Tate
  2. pp. 114-131
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  1. VII: The Loneliness Artist: Robert Penn Warren
  2. pp. 132-154
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  1. VIII: The Last Casualty of the Civil War: Arthur Crew Inman
  2. pp. 155-182
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  1. IX: From Thoreau to Walker Percy: Home by Way of California; or, The End of the Southern Renascence
  2. pp. 183-207
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  1. Epilogue: A Personal Fable: Living with Indians
  2. pp. 208-237
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-249
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