Fall 1986 • Vol. VIII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1986 |

The History of Southern Literature

The History of Southern Literature edited by Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Blyden Jackson, Rayburn S. Moore, Lewis P. Simpson, Thomas Daniel Young, Mary Ann Wimsatt, and Robert L. Phillips. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985. xiv + 626 pages. $29.95. As its title proudly promises, The History of Southern Literature is an ambitious feat of American collective scholarship. In several senses of the term, it is indeed a monument. Imposing in size (626 pages) and scope, it sets out to record Southern writing and writers from 1588 to 1982, from Thomas Hariot's A Brief and True Report of the New-Found Land of Virginia to Sylvia Wilkinson's Bone of My Bone. In addition to the seven expert editors, some forty other scholars and historians have contributed seventy-five chapters on literary periods, figures, and genres, as well as historical events and cultural movements. This four-pound monument to a tradition still significantly anchored in place and past was subsidized by a priva

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