Few writers have captured the Lowcountry quite like Pat Conroy. He was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia to his father, a Marine, and his mother, a homemaker. The Conroys, including Pat and six other children, moved around based on military postings. After high school, Pat attended The Military College of South Carolina, also known as The Citadel, in Charleston. … [Read more...] about Literary South: Pat Conroy
The South has been home to some of America's greatest writers, penning books that are widely considered to be "classics." They take their surroundings and incorporate them into the tales. These places also might influence visitors to write their own stories. Eatonton, Georgia The town in Georgia's Lake Country was the birthplace of not just one, but two notable … [Read more...] about 6 Must-See Places for Literary Fans
Born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, Nelle Harper Lee was the youngest of a family of four. Her father, A.C., was a lawyer and the inspiration for one of her most famous characters. Her younger brother was her main playmate as her sisters were older, but a young boy named Truman Capote, later a famous author, was also her friend. Capote visited Monroeville during the … [Read more...] about Literary South: Harper Lee
Credit: Carl Van Vechten/Public Domain, Link Zora Neale Hurston was born in 1891 in the small town of Notasulga, Alabama, located outside of Tuskegee and Montgomery. She was the fifth of eight children and her grandparents had been enslaved. By age 10, the family moved to Eatonville, Florida, now a part of the greater Orlando area. It was the first incorporated … [Read more...] about Literary South: Zora Neale Hurston
The term "Southern Gothic" is often used to describe everything from literature to film and television. Originally derogatory, these stories are set in the South and generally have dark themes and events, bordering on horror or crime. There might be macabre elements but not necessarily including fantasy aspects like vampires, voodoo, or ghosts. Themes include family … [Read more...] about What is Southern Gothic?