South Toward Home

Travels in Southern Literature
Author(s): Margaret Eby
Genre: Language Arts
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.17 hours)
Product Number: Z11672
Released: Sep 08, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501902314
Narrator/s: Susan Bennett
Please log in to view pricing


A literary travelogue into the heart of classic Southern literature. What is it about the South that has inspired so much of America's greatest literature? And why, when we think of Flannery O'Connor or William Faulkner or Harper Lee, do we think of them not just as writers, but as Southern writers? In South Toward Home, Margaret Eby-herself a Southerner-travels through the South in search of answers to these questions, visiting the hometowns and stomping grounds of some of our most beloved authors. From Mississippi (William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright) to Alabama (Harper Lee, Truman Capote) to Georgia (Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews) and beyond, Eby looks deeply at the places that these authors lived in and wrote about. South Toward Home reveals how these authors took the people and places they knew best and transmuted them into lasting literature. Side by side with Eby, we meet the man who feeds the peacocks at Andalusia, the Georgia farm where Flannery O'Connor wrote her most powerful stories; we peek into William Faulkner's liquor cabinet to better understand the man who claimed civilization began with distillation and the "postage stamp of native soil" that inspired him; and we go in search of one of New Orleans's iconic hot dog vendors, a job held by Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. From the library that showed Richard Wright that there was a way out to the courtroom at the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird, Eby grapples with a land fraught with history and mythology, for, as Eudora Welty wrote, "One place understood helps us understand all places better." Combining biographical detail with expert criticism, Eby delivers a rich and evocative tribute to the literary South.


Please login to view pricing, or register now
South Toward Home
Product Number: BX00040388
Product Number:Z11672
Product Number:CV0354

This title is part of (or scheduled to be part of) the following subscriptions:

RBdigital Unlimited Audio - Pub Library - US Collection
RBdigital Audio - Pub Library - Adult Bestseller Collection
Recorded Books Unlimited Access Collection
RBdigital Unlimited Audio - Pub Library - Canada Collection
RBdigital Unlimited Audio - Higher Ed - Curriculum - Platinum Collection
RBdigital Unlimited Audio - Healthcare - Adult Collection
RBdigital Audio - World-Wide Library Collection
RBdigital Unlimited Audio for Higher Education

You can find this title in the following lists:

All formats/editions

Author(s): Margaret Eby
Narrator(s): Susan Bennett
Genre: Language Arts
Product Number CV0354
Released: Sep 29, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501902307

Professional reviews

"Susan Bennett delivers Eby's loving but keen-eyed tour of the homes of the South's most important modern novelists. This audiobook is a small gem, expertly produced and narrated. The homesites of Eudora Welty and Richard Wright are preserved in very different ways, as are those of Georgians Flannery O'Connor and Harry Crews. To Eby's discerning eye, the sites reveal essential qualities in those writers, the way they lived, and the South they immortalized. Bennett proves a judicious choice over a narrator with distinctly Southern origins. She matches so well the author's sentiments, syntax, and complex perspective on her subject that very soon you imagine the voice really is Southern. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"