South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Margaret Eby has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, Salon, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she now lives in New York City.


Well-informed and lively.... This young author is unafraid to hunt big game.... [Eby] demonstrates apt critical insights and offers biographical tidbits from a thorough reading of the authors' life stories.... This reviewer would happily read a sequel.--Howell Raines
[A] fascinating paean to the people and places that inspired some of the most revered chroniclers of life below the Mason-Dixon line.... Eby lyrically uncovers a bit of the magic that makes a southern writer southern.--Josh Steele
[An] engaging journey.... Eby offers something you can't get on tours.--Anushah Jiwani
A delightful love letter to the South apt reminder that the South is no literary backwater but a world of letters all its own.
An illuminating journey to the homes, towns, and landscapes that nurtured ten Southern writers.... Eby brings a fine sensibility to her readings...and, in polished prose, offers a fresh look at their lives and literary legacies.
A sweetly personal yet embracingly informative book.... Eby entices us to enjoy their work either for the first time or once again.
Margaret Eby brings an enviable ease and intelligence to this exploration of ten essential Southern writers and the landscapes from which their books were formed. Her travels should offer you either an excellent introduction to these authors or a bracing reminder of their worth, and indeed, turning these pages, I recalled why I first fell in love with those whose books I know well and was persuaded to reinvestigate those whose books I don't.--Kevin Brockmeier