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Critical Essays on the Writings of Lillian Smith tracks the evolution of Smith from a young girls’ camp director into a courageous artist who could examine controversial topics frankly and critically while preserving a lifelong connection to the north Georgia mountains and people. She did not pull punches in her portrayals of the South and refused to obsess on an idealized past. Smith took seriously the artist’s role as she saw it: to lead readers toward a better understanding of themselves and a more fulfilling existence. Comprised of seven essays by contemporary Smith scholars, this volume explores these fascinating aspects of Smith’s writings in an attempt to fill in the picture of this charismatic figure, whose work not only was influential in her time but also is profoundly relevant to ours.


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    • Copyright 2021 University Press of Mississippi. All rights reserved.

  • Institution
    • Gainesville

  • Publisher
    • University Press of Mississippi

  • Date submitted

    20 July 2022

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    • Author Biography:

      Tanya Long Bennett is professor of English at University of North Georgia. She is author of “I Have Been So Many People”: A Study of Lee Smith’s Novels, as well as articles on the fiction of Lorraine Lopez and Ana Castillo. She has also published two open education resource first-year composition textbooks.

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      Edited collection