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The South ~ My Writing
A Land of Legend,
Song, and Hallowed, Heroic Memories
Why Southern fiction? The
words of Edward Carmack (1858-1908), Congressman, Senator and prominent
journalist in Tennessee, offer a an insightful place to start a discussion
of my motives for writing about the South and its people:
|The South is a land
that hs known sorrows. It is a land that has broken the ashen crust and
moistened it with tears, a land scarred and riven by the plowhare of war
and billowed with the graves of her dead, but a land of legend, a land
of song, a land of hallowed and heroic memories. To that land, every drop
of my blood, every fibre of my being, every pulsation of my heart is consecrated
forever. I was born of her womb, I was nurtured at her breast and when
my last hour shall come, I pray that I may lie upon her bosom and be rocked
to sleep within her tender and encircling arms.
Southern literature, has
long been recognized as a distinctive genre few other regions of the United
States can claim, the exception being the Western. A look at the
genre and its writers gives one a clue about the depth, breadth and richness
of the vein of storytelling ore that runs through the culture of the South.
The variety of locatings
and settings is equally rich -- from mountains to seashore, great forests
to desert to lush farmlands, glittering cities to sleepy small towns to
vast rural stretches.
The South boasts other elements that speak
to its uniqueness... its 160 or so spoken dialects and delightful Southernisms...
the cuisine -- sweet tea, tomato sandwiches, cornbread, fried chicken (for
that matter, fried anything), succulent seafood and spicy gumbo ... the
flora -- live oaks draped with Spanish moss, ubiquitous pines, creamy-blossomed
magnolias and yucca, showy azaleas, sweet-smelling honeysuckle...
Then there's the history, the culture -- ten thousand years of Indian civilization, European
settlement, antebellum plantation society, the pervasive influence of Christianity
and tradition, and postbellum economic oppression that lasted for generations.
Throw in the hunting and fishing, Sunday singings, college football extravaganzas,
going to mama'n'them's, the many distinctive music genres, renown hospitality and much,
much more, and you begin to see what makes Dixie a fascinating backdrop
for the storyteller's art.