The Remembered Gate: Memoirs By Alabama Writers Paperback – Sep 9 2003
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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.
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
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