View Full Version : Books on living in the deep south in the 1930's

10-11-2010, 10:49 PM
Can anyone suggest some titles. I'm starting to research a future WIP. Fiction or non fiction is great, and books that highlight the racial climate of the time are a bonus.

Thanks in advance.

Silver King
10-12-2010, 05:05 AM
To Kill A Mockingbird would fit the bill. Also, try Faulkner's Light in August.

10-12-2010, 05:17 AM
anything Faulkner would be great...also, I'd look at some Ferrol Sams...say, "Run with the Horsmen" or even some Afrian American lit from the likes of Ralph Ellison or Richard Wright...depending on what angle you are approaching the south from of course

But if you are looking to highlight the racial climate, I'd go for Ellison's "The Invisible Man" or Richard Wright's "Native Son"

Even Alice Walker would be a good choice...any of hers actually..."The Color Purple" specifically

or, Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes were Watching God"


and for nonfiction or memoir style, try James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time" or Richard Wright's "Black Boy"


if you would like to PM me I might be of more help if I knew exactly what angle you are going at....I'm southern...and studied quite a bit of Southern lit, specifically African American lit


Good luck

10-12-2010, 05:41 AM
Turned Funny is an autobiography by Celestine Sibley, who was a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for over fifty years. She lived all over Alabama before settling in Atlanta in the 1940s and becoming a crime reporter.

10-12-2010, 06:12 AM
Thanks everyone. SK, I have To Kill a Mockingbird on order as we speak :)
I will also look up the others that have been suggested.

10-13-2010, 06:26 PM
The Least One - Sara Davis

A Painted House - John Grisham

Spencer's Mountain - Earl Hamner Jr.

Sounder - William H. Armstrong

Where The Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

Those are some of my favorites that fit what you're looking for - I may think of some others later and will post if/when I do.

10-13-2010, 06:28 PM
Ishmael Reed also wrote a book called "Mumbo Jumbo" and it might hit on the later end of the time period you are looking for but it is an amazing book and a really experimental novel in its own right...that by itself is a great reason to look it over...you don't see many things like it..totally defies convention

10-13-2010, 06:59 PM
Thanks :)