Alabama literature Article

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The literature of Alabama, United States, includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Representative authors include Fannie Flagg and Harper Lee. [1]


Georgia-born Augusta Jane Evans (1835-1909) moved to Mobile in 1849 and wrote many popular novels that incorporated aspects of her experience in Alabama. [2]

In 1960, Harper Lee, born in Monroeville, published perhaps the most celebrated novel set in Alabama, To Kill A Mockingbird.

Awards and events

The Alabama Library Association launched its "Alabama Author Awards" in 1957 for fiction, nonfiction and poetry; honorees have included Gail Godwin, Ann Waldron, Kathryn Tucker Windham. [3] The Alabama Writers' Forum began in 1992. [4]

See also


  1. ^ Hitchcock 2001.
  2. ^ Emory Elliott, ed. (1991). Columbia History of the American Novel. Columbia University Press. ISBN  978-0-231-07360-8.
  3. ^ Authors Awards Committee, Alabama Author Awards, Alabama Library Association, retrieved March 11, 2017 (List of winners)
  4. ^ "About". Montgomery, AL: Alabama Writers' Forum. Retrieved March 11, 2017.


  • Lucian Lamar Knight, ed. (1913). "Fifty Reading Courses: Alabama". Library of Southern Literature. 16. Atlanta: Martin and Hoyt Company. p. 181+ – via HathiTrust.
  • Erwin Craighead (1914), Literary History of Mobile, OCLC  5058844
  • Elsie Dershem (1921). "Alabama". Outline of American State Literature. Lawrence, Kansas: World Company – via Internet Archive.
  • Federal Writers' Project (1941), "Literature", Alabama; a Guide to the Deep South, American Guide Series, New York: Hastings House, pp. 130–136 – via HathiTrust
  • G. Thomas Tanselle (1971). Guide to the Study of United States Imprints. Harvard University Press. ISBN  978-0-674-36761-6. (Includes information about Alabama literature)
  • William T. Going. Essays on Alabama Literature. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1975.
  • Benjamin Buford Williams (1979). A Literary History of Alabama: the Nineteenth Century. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN  978-0-8386-2054-0.
  • William Stanley Hoole (1983). Alabama's Golden Literary Era. (Covers 1819-1919)
  • Philip Beidler, ed. The Art of Fiction in the Heart of Dixie: An Anthology of Alabama Writers. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1986.
  • Philip Beidler, ed. Many Voices, Many Rooms: A New Anthology of Alabama Writers. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.
  • Lynda Brown; et al. (1998). "Antebellum Period, 1830-1860: Literature, Language and Folklore". Alabama History: an Annotated Bibliography. Greenwood Press. pp. 85–90. ISBN  978-0-313-28223-2.
    • Chapter: Confederate Period, 1861-1865: Literature, p.129
    • Chapter: Late 19th Century, 1875-1900: Literature, Language, and Folklore, pp.209-211
    • Chapter: Early 20th Century, 1901-1945: Literature, Language, and Folklore, pp.262-265
    • Chapter: Late 20th Century, 1946-1996: Literature, Language, and Folklore, pp.325-331
  • Taylor, Joe, and Tina N. Jones, eds. Belles' Letters: Contemporary Fiction by Alabama Women. Livingston, Ala.: Livingston Press, 1999.
  • Bert Hitchcock (2001). "Literature of Alabama". In Joseph M. Flora; Lucinda Hardwick MacKethan. Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs. Louisiana State University Press. pp. 24–30. ISBN  978-0-8071-2692-9.
  • Lamar, Jay, and Jeanie Thompson, eds. The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002.
  • Don Noble, ed. Climbing Mt. Cheaha: Emerging Alabama Writers. Livingston, Ala.: Livingston Press, 2004.
  • Walker, Sue Brannan, and J. William Chambers, eds. Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry. Mobile, Ala.: Negative Capability Press, 2007.
  • Don Noble, ed. A State of Laughter: Comic Fiction from Alabama. Livingston, Ala.: Livingston Press, 2008.

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