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Revisiting Joel Chandler Harris

August 24, 2011

Biography Joel Chandler Harris was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1845. His father abandoned the family at an early age, so Joel was raised by his mother with some financial help from a local doctor. During the War Between the States, Harris worked on the Turnwold Plantation. It was during these years that the young, […]

Southern Gothic in Savannah

February 25, 2011

There’s definitely more to Southern Gothic than Roman statues and Greek columns. For it’s a writing style, or more specifically a genre that overlaps the much broader classification of Southern literature. According to most literary commentary, Southern Gothic originated from the Gothic-styled literature that was produced in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. Both […]

Savannah and the Southern Mystique

February 24, 2011

  The Southern Mystique is not really a tangible item. Nonetheless, the concept has been widely explored by scores of writers from all around the country. Even though residence in Dixie is not a pre-requisite, most of the practitioners draw from family ties that are well rooted in the South. Whether it is due to […]

Savannah Book Festival

February 21, 2011

This past Saturday, I took an excursion to Savannah, which is located about 200 miles from my winter retreat. Savannah just happens to have one of the largest historic districts in the country and though I was headed straight for this part of  town, the old architecture was not my reason for visiting the city. […]

At Last, A Novella

February 9, 2011

Well at last I got something published. The title is The Art Critics and the story takes place in New Orleans before Katrina. OK it was only an e-book and I never was able to find an agent and I only published a quarter of my final manuscript, but all-in-all, I’m satisfied with the effort. […]

A Good Man Is Hard To Find

January 16, 2011

Reading a short story that is widely recognized as an American classic is always a challenge. Such was the case when I picked up the complete stories of Flannery O’Connor at a local SC library and tackled several of her stories. The fact that as I read I am able to look out the window […]