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September 26, 2018
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow had divergent careers in different locations--Rawlings in backcountry Florida and Glasgow in urban Virginia--yet their correspondence on life and writing reveals one of the great literary friendships of the South. Rawlings felt such admiration for Glasgow that she spent the last year of her life compiling materials for Glasgow's biography, a work she never completed. Lear draws on the documents Rawlings collected about Glasgow, Rawlings's personal notes, and letters between the two writers to describe the experiences that brought them together.
Lear shows that Rawlings and Glasgow shared a love of nature and social activism, had complex relationships with their parents and siblings, and prioritized their professional lives over romantic attachments. They were both classified as writers of regional works and juvenilia by critics, and Lear traces their discussions about how to respond to the opinions of book reviewers. Both were also forced to confront a new, quickly modernizing America, which at times clashed with their traditional values and naturalistic lifestyles. This is a fascinating portrait of a friendship that sustained two women writers in a time of social upheaval and changing norms in the American South.
July 2, 2018Drs. Nicole Lobdell and Michael Griffin co-edited the latest special issue of Science Fiction Studies.
April 24, 2018Casey Wilson's ENGL 1101 students, Kate Holterhoff, and Halcyon Lawrence have won this year's WCP Awards.
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