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Literary Workers of the South

By Leach, Anna

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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Literary Workers of the South  
Author: Leach, Anna
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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LITERARY WORKERS OF THE SOUTH. The remarkable development of literary activity in the South, the men and women who have taken leading places in the movement, and their especially important contribution to the American fiction of the day. UNTIL a comparatively recent date, there were almost no men and women in the South who made a profession of literature. Before the war, there was here and there a man who amused himself by writing a book. William Gilmore Simms, indeed, was a professed literary man; so was Poe, but he left the South early in his career. The books of John Pendleton Kennedy, secretary of the navy under Fillmore, are still sold; and few Southern sketches surpass those of Judge Longstreet. There was no end to the verse makers. Still, as a generality, it is true to say that literature as a serious business of life was not known. Every man and woman of education was taught to express himself or herself on paper with force and elegance; but it was considered as an accomplishment in the woman, and as a necessary adjunct to his position in life in the man. The heavy bundles of old letters which belong to every old Southern family will show that there was enough talent in those days to have made an American literature, had it been directed into the proper channels.

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