Southern Women Writers
Edited by: Tonette Bond Inge
These fifteen essays assess the work of the woman of the third generations of Southern writers. While the Southern Literary Renaissance was initiated by a generation of writers, the leading members of whom were men – among them William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Robert Penn Warren – the next generation introduced some major female talents, in particular Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Conner, and Carson McCullers. This book hails the third generation, of predominantly female writers, whose major works have been published during the period from 1950 to the present.
Each essay surveys the writer’s career, critically assessing her achievement and considering her relation to the Southern literary tradition. Written from the vantage of one of its most effective practitioners, Doris Betts’s lively introduction is a richly allusive, genially instructive discourse on what is “Southern” about southern writing.