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nctiger71
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
You Can’t Go Home Again
The Last Picture Show (if you consider Texas the South)

are pretty good. Don’t know about being the greatest.

Tobacco Road - this may be the best one I’ve read.

The Yearling is another good one.
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tigercross
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
Run With the Horsemen trilogy by Ferrol Sams.


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hogfly
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
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Wiseblood.

But I’m a fan of southern-goth.


Huge fan of O'Connor, but I think her best work is her short fiction.

A lot of good ones in this thread, some others I really like:

Geronimo Rex by Barry Hannah
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
Color Purple by Alice Walker
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (okay, it's Virginia... but it still feels Southern)
A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews
Water from the Well by Myra Mclarey



hogfly
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
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Tobacco Road - this may be the best one I’ve read.


Good call. My thesis was on Steinbeck and organized farm labor leading up to and during the Depression, so this novel came up a lot.


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PillPusher
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
Absolutely love some Harry Crews as well. And anything by Larry Brown.


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CelticDog
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
I read everything Faulkner wrote.

Light in August.
Deleted spoiler.

The bear. Tale of Mississippi.
Hunting. Dude learns from tracker. Late 1800s.

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CelticDog
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
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as i lay dying 


Never laughed so hard in all my life. The movie is dreary compared to my imagination.



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Stonehenge
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil


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Teague
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
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Child of God


I love anything by McCarthy. But, I liked Outer Dark the most out of his pre-western novels.

I like a lot of the other stuff already mentioned. Here's a couple more. Maybe not "greatest of all time" but good southern books.

Father and Son by Larry Brown
The Clearing by Tim Gautreaux
The Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson


tigahbruh
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
Agree with many on here, especially Faukner.
One I didnt see yet is The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy.
In my personal opinion, better than The MovieGoer.
Love in the Ruins and Lancelot are also great reads.
Percy's stuff gets a little too "get off my lawn" after that one.


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Mr. Misanthrope
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
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southern novels

Absalom, Absalom
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Moviegoer & Lancelot (bookends) similar yet different
Love in the Ruins & The Thanatos Syndrome (IMO one larger unified work)
Run with the Horsemen
In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead
Cold Mountain
All the King's Men
The Help
Not novels, but list is lacking authenticity if The Complete Works of Flannery O'Connor and Florence King's Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, Hell, anything by Ms King.

Not particularly in order


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Tigris
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
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Child of God


I love anything by McCarthy. But, I liked Outer Dark the most out of his pre-western novels.


I've got to go with Suttree which fits this category nicely.


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VOR
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
I'd go with "Mockingbird".

Also:

"The Sound and the Fury"- Faulkner

"As I lay Dying"- Faulkner

"Other Voices, Other Rooms"- Capote (He definitely counts as southern)

"A Good Man is Hard to Find, and other stories"- Flannery O'connor.
The short story "A Good Man is Hard To Find" creeped me the frick out when I read it in high school.



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El Mattadorr
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
The Sound and the Fury


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Methuselah
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re: what are the greatest southern novels of all time?
Of those listed so far:

All the King's Men is very good.

The Yearling is a good book and evokes it's time and setting well.

Confederacy of Dunces is good for one read but not something I'd care to re-read.

A Gathering of Old Men is good, but I remember it as a very short novel.

To Kill a Mockingbird, I always think of as high school book.

Others I really like:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. This is an excellent novel and a good read that is not that well known.

I don't know if they would be considered "southern," but some of the early Anne Rice vampire books contain excellent writing - particularly in the sections dealing the with characters when they were human.


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