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20th Century Southern Literature Reading List

New 150 Classic Works of 20th Century Southern Fiction, Poetry, Theater and Non-Fiction Writing  

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A Childhood: The Biography of a Place by Harry Crews
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
A Curtain Of Green: and Other Stories by Eudora Welty
A Death in the Family by James Agee
A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
A Virtuos Woman by Kaye Gibbons
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Airships by Barry Hannah
All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson Mccullers
Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories by Doris Betts
Beulah Quintet by Mary Lee Settle
Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Black Like Me by John Giffin
Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
Brother to a Dragonfly by Will Campbell
Buckdancer's Choice by James Dickey
Cane by Jean Toomer
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
Clear Pictures by Reynolds Price
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Collected Poems by Allen Tate
Collected Stories by William Faulkner
Coming Of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
Crazy in Alabama by Mark Childress
Deliverance by James Dickey
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Dreams of Sleep by Josephine Humphreys
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
Eudora Welty : Stories, Essays & Memoir by Eudora Welty
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
Father and Son by Larry Brown
For My People by Margaret Walker
Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Wistlestop Café by Fannie Flagg
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
God Sends Sunday by Arna Bontemps
God's Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
I am One of You Forever by Fred Chappell
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition by Twelve Southerners
In the Land of Dreamy Dreams by Ellen Gilchrist
In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
Independence Day by Richard Ford
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Joe by Larry Brown
Jubilee by Margaret Walker
Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price
Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith
Kiss Tommorrow Goodbye by Horace McCoy
Kneel to the Rising Sun by Erskine Caldwell
Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son by William Alexander Percy
Let the Dead Bury the Dead by Randall Kenan
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee
Light in August by William Faulkner
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
Love and Trouble by Alice Walker
Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living by Bailey White
Mary Chesnut's Civil War by Mary Chesnut and C. Vann Woodward (editor)
Memoirs by Tennessee Williams
Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston
Native Son by Richard Wright
North Toward Home by Willie Morris
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus
Oral History by Lee Smith
Origins of the New South, 1877-1913, by C. Vann Woodward
Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter
Place Called Estherville by Erskine Caldwell
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry
Roots by Alex Haley
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Selected Poems by John Crowe Ransom
She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb
Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith
Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by James Agee
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Best of Ralph McGill: Selected Columns by Ralph McGill
The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote
The Client by John Grisham
The Collected Poems by Robert Penn Warren
The Collected Poems by William Alexander Percy
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Complete Collected Poems by Maya Angelou
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
The Firm by John Grisham
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy
The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry
The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
The Mind of the South by W.J. Cash
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams
The Old Forest and Other Stories by Peter Taylor
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
The Rainmaker by John Grisham
The Reivers by William Faulkner
The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty
The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
The Stories of Elizabeth Spencer by Elizabeth Spencer
The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward
The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
The Velvet Horn by Andrew Lytle
The View from Pompey's Head by Hamilton Basso
The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
They Shoot Horses, Don't They by Horace McCoy
This Property is Condemned by Tennessee Williams
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
Victory Over Japan by Ellen Gilchrist
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe
  

 

 

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