The 32 Best Southern Novels of All Time

The 32 Best Southern Novels of All Time

Based on a poll of 134 scholars, writers, and others; results published in the August 2009 edition of the Oxford

1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (120 votes)


2. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (80 votes)


3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (64 votes)


4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (58 votes)


5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (57 votes)


6. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (55 votes)


7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (52 votes)


8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (47 votes)


9. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor (44 votes)


10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (41 votes)


11. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers


12. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole


13. Light in August by William Faulkner


14. A Death in the Family by James Agee


15. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe


16. Beloved by Toni Morrison


17. The Awakening by Kate Chopin


18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker


19. Native Son by Richard Wright


20. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty


21. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy


22. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


23. Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner


24. The Golden Apples by Eudora Welty


25. Cane by Jean Toomer


26. The Known World by Edward P. Jones


27. The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy


28. Deliverance by James Dickey


29. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy


30. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines


31. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron


32. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison


Source: http://www.oxfordamerican.org, https://www.librarything.com

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