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5 Southern Plays You Should Have Read Already

To understand the culture and the themes of literature from the U.S. South, read one, or all, of the Southern plays on this list--and watch them if you can.

Reading as a Cure for Homesickness

"Last night I found myself surrounded by books about the South, as well as my North Carolina guidebook, eating a Moon Pie and drinking a peach Nehi soda. You could say I was a little homesick."

Reading Pathways: Robert Penn Warren

Where to start with the work of Robert Penn Warren, the only person to win Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction (once) and poetry (twice).

Southern Lovin’

Flannery O’Connor once said, “Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say ...

GONE WITH THE WIND: On Unlikable Characters and Problematic Art

When I was a little girl, Gone With The Wind was one of my favorite movies. In middle school, it ...

100 Must-Read Works of Southern Literature

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

100 Must-Read Works of Southern Literature

A Riot reader from the Midwest was so intrigued by my love letter to Flannery O’Connor, she tweeted me and asked ...