Totally stealing from Miranda again (don’t worry, she knows when I do). She found this list of The Best Southern Novels of All Time by Oxford American. I’m disappointed that it’s so short; it seems to imply that out of all of the Southeastern United States since the beginning of time, there are only 10 novels worth your time. I think we could come up with a longer list, and a more diverse list than just Faulkner’s oeuvre. Where is Gone With the Wind, Look Homeward, Angel, Blood Meridian, The Color Purple, and Native Son? And they aren’t novels but The Mind of the South or Let Us Now Praise Famous Men are quintessential Southern Books.
Having grown up in the South, having taken both Southern History and Southern Literature courses in college, I probably should have done better with this list (6 out of 10-hey, it’s a majority).
1) Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
2) All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
3) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner-X
4) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain-X
5) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee-X
6) The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
7) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner-X
8 ) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison-X
9) Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
10) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston-X