Dorothy Abbott, ed.
Mississippi Writers:
Reflections of Childhood and Youth
Volume I: Fiction

Dorothy Abbott, fwd.

University Press of Mississippi(Jackson)
Hardback (1985); Paperback (1985); 785 pp.
ISBN 0-87805-231-3 (hardback)
ISBN 0-87805-232-1 (paperback)


This book is the first in a set of four volumes, a monumental anthology compiled at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and focused upon the theme of childhood and youth in MIssissippi literature.

It features 66 works of fiction by such acclaimed twentieth-century writers as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, Richard Wright Tennessee Williams, Willie Morris, Elizabeth Spencer, Ellen Gilchrist, Barry Hannah, and many others in literary pantheon that has merited the highest esteem, all of them from a state that has produced an enviable number of superlative writers.

Assembled here in this first volume are works by literary masters, works by authors less widely anthologized, and works published for the first time by talented new writers. Under the light of the compiler's theme the anthology invites a fresh examination of familiar works, such Willie Morris's "Good Old Boy," Eudora Welty's "A Memory" and "Why I Live at the P.O.," Richard Wright's "Almos, a Man," Ellen Douglas's "On the Lake," Barry Hannah's "Testimony of Pilot," Elizabeth Spencer's "A Southern Landscape," Tennessee William's "The Field of Blue Children," and William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" and "That Evening Sun."

It gives also the pleasure of reading the recent work of Ellen Gilchrist, Gloria Norris, Rebecca Hill, Tom McHaney, Chester Sullivan, Robert Herring, and Richard Ford and of seeing the imprint of Mississippi's influence upon exciting new literature.

(Adapted from the book jacket)