Southern Literature

RIP Pat Conroy by Cindy Hulsey

Last week the world lost a great voice of Southern Literature. Pat Conroy died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 70 only a month after being diagnosed.

Conroy’s prose is leisurely, lyrical and highly descriptive. He was a natural and gifted storyteller, who used the pain of his own past to imbue his characters with realistic layers of emotion. He explored the human condition with depth and passion, and reading a Conroy novel is both exhausting and redemptive.

Hick Lit by Nick Abrahamson

One of the knocks on southern realist 'hick lit' is the by-the-numbers feel of much of the work. Genre characteristics give way to cliché.

Southern Comfort by Cindy Hulsey

In the summer of 1980 I transferred from OSU to TU. I took a summer class to get the lay of the land, and serendipitously discovered the professor whose enthusiasm for literature would inspire me to change my major from French to English literature.  The late great Dr. Jim Watson was passionate about books and introduced me to many great writers, not the least of which was the holy trinity of Southern Literature; William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor.