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This means he was teaching at Auburn when my sister was there. Too bad she was in art and not writing.

Rob, I'm pretty sure that the authors that you have written about have been the most tempting to me. I'm glad that after next week I will be out of the author business and free to read what I choose.

Although I've really enjoyed the last couple of mine.


For the first time in my life I wonder if I should have gone to Auburn instead of Alabama.

Oh well, Roll Tide!

I'm afraid staying in that orange and blue house might have damaged you in some way.


I only wondered, I didn't wish. If I wish, then you can worry.

Most of the authors in this series have been unfamiliar to me in the sense that I've never read them, but Madison Jones I had never even heard of. Thanks so much, Rob! I'll have to get busy on interlibrary loan. I'm not surprised that my county library has exactly zero books by him, but I am disappointed that my local Catholic University doesn't either.

You're welcome, Anne-Marie. I may not have stumbled across Jones myself had it not been for Flannery O'Connor's letters. I'm not surprised about your library either, even considering that his first four or five books were with major publishers. My county library only has three titles of his showing, with one of those listed as "missing."

Believe it or not, my local public library here in New Zealand actually has two of his books: The Adventures of Douglas Bragg: A Novel and The Innocent. And it's even put The Innocent in its classics section.

I'm pleased to see that my local small-town library has half a dozen or so. It may have something to do with the fact that he taught at Auburn for so long. And the little Catholic college where I sort-of-work has two.

The Innocent is excellent; haven't read Douglas Bragg yet. That was his last book.


Good essay on Jones by George Garrett, focusing specifically on his 2nd novel, 'Forest of the Night.' I didn't like this novel much when I read it, finding it too dark, but reading this piece makes me want to look at it again.

He's that kind of great but totally unknown writer you stumble upon maybe a half-a-dozen times in your lifetime, where you can't believe your good fortune in discovering...while wondering endlessly why he wasn't more famous.

"wondering endlessly why he wasn't more famous"

Yep. Given the "Southern Gothic" connection and the quality of his work you'd think he'd be something of a shoo-in, critically speaking, at least in a minor way. I wonder if it has to do with the fact that ultimately his vision is a religious one, one that strongly reflects the idea of original sin. Even if he couches it in "non-religious" themes, that's something that's not particularly popular nowadays. He makes you look in the mirror, and modern folks don't really like that.

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