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A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape

A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape

Written by W. Ralph Eubanks

Narrated by James Shippey


A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape

Written by W. Ralph Eubanks

Narrated by James Shippey

ratings:
4.5/5 (3 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Mar 16, 2021
ISBN:
9781649040046
Format:
Audiobook

Description

There is a palpable connection to the landscapes of Mis­sissippi displayed in the work of the state’s many lauded writers. This connection to the land runs deep—across onerous lines of class, gender, and race—and spans gen­erations of authors birthed in the Magnolia State. It’s dif­ficult to read Faulkner, Welty, Wright, and Ward and not come away with the very particular sense of place that the state and the greater American South represent in their work.

In A Place Like Mississippi, W. Ralph Eubanks takes readers on a visionary tour of the real and imagined landscapes that have inspired generations of authors. Eubanks is a native Mississippian and he knows its writ­ers and its complicated history well. In A Place Like Mis­sissippi, Eubanks reveals how a little state that rests alongside the banks of a great and mighty river has made so many significant contributions to American letters, carrying an outsized role in the national imagination. The answer lies in a landscape that pairs ordinariness with beauty, magic with madness, and mystery with magnificence.

Released:
Mar 16, 2021
ISBN:
9781649040046
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time, which Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley named as one of the best nonfiction books of 2003. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children.


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  • (5/5)
    Beautiful meditation on the history and landscape of Mississippi and how it has inspired and shaped generations of writers and artists. Eubanks love for Mississippi and sorrow for her sins fills every page. Loved!
  • (5/5)
    Take this tremendous journey across America’s most fertile literary delta. The epilogue is especially poignant in bringing together Mississippi’s sin, redemption, ignorance, and genius, horror, and ultimately, hope. Mississippi is America's mirror.