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Southern Discomfort: Tumultuous Literature set in the American South

Why does literature set in the American South so often feature disturbing plotlines? Deliverance by James Dickey is the most obvious example, but these themes run deep far beyond the banjo-driven story of a canoe trip gone hideously wrong. Violence, discrimination and all kinds of abuse are just a chapter away. Although these books can be disturbing, they are also riveting reads. It’s hard to ignore the work of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams for long. Explore the disturbing darkness of the deep South.

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