Southern literature is well known throughout the world.  Famed Southern writers from
William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor to Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston present very different perspectives on Southern life. 

Some writers penned stories of the glorified “Old South” before the Civil War.  Others confronted racism, the futility of war, poverty and violence head on.  Still other Southern writers worked in relative obscurity, collecting and preserving folktales from the oral tradition – such as the Federal Writers’ Project, or authors like John Bennett.  

The South’s unique position as a region of defeat, prominent racial conflicts, identity struggles and often insulting stereotypes has carved out a genre of literature all its own – while also reflecting universal themes.  Read more about Southern literature and writers below.