Gravely Concerned: Southern Writers' Graves

by John Soward Bayne

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This book presents the graves of writers from the American South. The selection is based on the authors' popular or critical reputations and the appeal and accessibility of their gravesites. Some may dispute whether these subjects were sufficiently Southern, and whether they were truly writers, but this is certain: they're all dead. The pictures of their graves, presented chronologically, illustrate Southern literary history, and this book memorializes the artists, some famous and some obscure.

So, pilgrim, pass by. Be not reluctant at your author's grave. Look at the name indited in stone: what lies beneath the name is only dust, of course, but what lies behind it is the record of the artist's suffering and the true monument that is his or her work. Remember that this person once walked the earth, felt the compulsion to create, suffered rejection and frustration, just as you will do, have done, if you have chosen the writer's craft. Ask your questions; you may be astonished at the reply.

John Bayne is a mathematician, book collector, and literary pilgrim in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is a Senior Consultant for AT&T. His articles have appeared in the Eudora Welty Newsletter, the Eudora Welty Review, The Journal of the Georgia Philological Association, and soon in Studies in American Culture and Firsts. He is active in the Cemeteries and Gravemarkers Section of the American Culture Association.

Copyright Clemson University 2010, 2012.
First edition published 2010. Second edition 2012.