The United Tates

Close Connections: Caroline Gordon and the Southern Renaissance

by Ann Waldron

The Lytle-Tate Letters: The Correspondence of Andrew Lytle and Allen Tate

edited by Thomas Daniel Young, edited by Elizabeth Sarcone
Ann Waldron’s excellent life of Caroline Gordon is the most intelligent and readable biography yet to appear of any writer of the Southern Renaissance. It tells a story fascinating in human terms, even if the reader has no interest whatever in that literary movement. To me Ms. Waldron’s book was …

Big Bad Wolfe?

The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe

edited by Francis E. Skipp, foreword by James Dickey

Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe

by David Herbert Donald
No one is afraid of him now; but was Wolfe really big and bad? Of his bigness—in physical stature and appetites, in literary ambition and productivity—there can be no doubt. Nobody, least of all Wolfe himself, ever forgot it: Wolfe typically thought of himself as Gulliver, a giant surrounded by …

‘Kipper of de Vineyards’

The Language of the American South

by Cleanth Brooks
That Cleanth Brooks, after a long and distinguished career as a literary critic, should now produce a book about language may surprise some readers. But it must be remembered that language was one of his strong early interests: among his first publications were The Relation of the Alabama-Georgia Dialect to …

Immersed in America

Selected Poems 1923-1975

by Robert Penn Warren
This collection shows Robert Penn Warren, now past seventy, to be still growing and developing as a poet and to be still at the height of his powers. It is hard to think of Warren as old. He was the youngest and most precocious of the Fugitive group, and the …

American, Black, Creole, Pidgin, and Spanglish English

All-American English

by J.L. Dillard
J.L. Dillard is the author of Black English, which I praised in The New York Review (November 16, 1972) as an important work, controversial but certainly both significant and useful, as well as entertaining. It was a hard act to follow, and Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in …