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The Remembered Gate: Memoirs By Alabama Writers [Paperback]

Mark Kennedy , Ms. Mary Ward Brown , Helen Norris , Professor Patricia Foster , Mr. Frye Gaillard , Robert Inman , C. Eric Lincoln , James Haskins , Nanci Kincaid , Wayne Greenhaw , Andrew Hudgins , Rodney Jones , Phyllis Alesia Perry , William Cobb , Sena Jeter Naslund , Charles Gaines , Albert Murray , Fannie Flagg , Andrew Glaze , Ms. Jay Lamar , Jeanie Thompson

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Sept. 9 2003 Deep South Books

This collection of reflective essays–all exploring themes of artistic self-discovery and regional awareness–showcases 19 nationally known writers who have roots in Alabama.

In The Remembered Gate, nationally prominent fiction writers, essayists, and poets recall how their formative years in Alabama shaped them as people and as writers. The essays range in tone from the pained and sorrowful to the wistful and playful, in class from the privileged to the poverty-stricken, in geography from the rural to the urban, and in time from the first years of the 20th century to the height of the Civil Rights era and beyond.

In all the essays we see how the individual artists came to understand something central about themselves and their art from a changing Alabama landscape. Whether from the perspective of C. Eric Lincoln, beaten for his presumption as a young black man asking for pay for his labors, or of Judith Hillman Paterson, floundering in her unresolved relationship with her troubled family, these personal renderings are intensely realized visions of a writer's sense of being a writer and a human being. Robert Inman tells of exploring his grandmother's attic, and how the artifacts he found there fired his literary imagination. William Cobb profiles the lasting influence of the town bully, the diabolical Cletus Hickey. And in "Growing up in Alabama: A Meal in Four Courses, Beginning with Dessert," Charles Gaines chronicles his upbringing through the metaphor of southern cooking.

What emerges overall is a complex, richly textured portrait of men and women struggling with, and within, Alabama's economic and cultural evolution to become major voices of our time.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; Reprint edition (Sept. 9 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817350543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817350543
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 404 g

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From Library Journal

Edited by Lamar (associate director, Auburn Ctr. for the Humanities) and Thompson (executive director, Alabama Writers' Forum), this anthology should be required reading for all Alabamians. Nineteen authors were asked how growing up in Alabama or spending formative years in the state shaped them as a writer. Their answers are provocative, heart-wrenching, and intensely personal. In each of the entries, these fiction writers, poets, and essayists reveal an enduring sense of place. Fannie Flagg's "The Truth the Heart Knows" is a love song to the people of the state, while Mary Ward Brown's "Swing Low: A Memoir" is the story of a long-lasting friendship between a white woman and black man in the years before the Civil Rights Movement. Noted critic/poet Albert Murray, who cofounded the Jazz Program Center at Lincoln Center with Winton Marsalis, describes how he wanted to create literature of interest to "the world at large." Issues of class, race, and poverty are addressed within the context of the state's shift from a rural-based economy to a more urban economy. Recommended for all Alabama libraries, both public and academic, as well as libraries with large collections of Southern literature and memoirs. Pam Kingsbury, Florence, AL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

The editors have compiled a series of reflective essays by nationally prominent writers with Alabama roots. Though unique in tone, style, and content, each memoir attempts to analyze the influence--be it positive or negative--the state of Alabama had on their lives. Each writer reflects on his or her childhood, adolescent, or adult experiences, providing a window to the evolution of an artist. Nostalgic, frank, wistful, or painful, these recollections all combine to remind us what a powerful impact environment, culture, and experience can have on creative expression. As each author reaches back in time and across space, memories are uncovered like treasures hidden in an attic. Though regional in focus, this delightful collection of literary reminiscences ultimately transcends geography. Margaret Flanagan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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