The extraordinary flowering of Southern literary talent in the early twentieth century has re-emerged in recent decades. The astonishing output of these newer fiction writers, poets, dramatists, and journalists constitutes a phenomenon worthy of ...
being called a Second Southern Literary Renaissance. Retaining the same format as in their acclaimed Fifty Southern Writers before 1900 and Fifty Southern Writers after 1900, editors Joseph M. Flora and Robert Bain have developed two new volumes on contemporary Southern writers. The first, focusing on fiction, comprises forty-nine talented novelists, including such popular figures as Pat Conroy, Gail Godwin, T.R. Pearson, Anne Tyler, and Alice Walker. The forthcoming companion volume will cover primarily poets, playwrights, and essayists. The essays, written by scholars and critics, present in each case a biographical sketch, an analysis of style and themes, an assessment of reviews and scholarship, a chronological list of works, and a bibliography of selected criticism. Collectively, these bio-bibliographical studies clearly demonstrate the state and strength of Southern letters.