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The Cry of An Occasion

Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers

foreword by George Garrett

224 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations


  Hardcover / 9780807126356 / January 2001
  Paperback / 9780807127841 / March 2002

This “smorgasbord of literary offerings” (Publishers Weekly) self-selected by its contributors—“a long list of luminaries” (Library Journal)—includes works by Madison Smartt Bell, Doris Betts, Fred Chappell, Ellen Douglas, Shelby Foote, George Garrett, Allan Gurganus, Barry Hannah, William Hoffman, Madison Jones, Michael Knight, William Henry Lewis, Jill McCorkle, Lewis Nordan, Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Lee Smith, Elizabeth Spencer, Walter Sullivan, and Allen Wier. All are affiliated with the Fellowship of Southern Writers, organized in 1989 under the inspiration of the late Cleanth Brooks for the purpose of encouraging and honoring excellence in southern letters.

Each piece in The Cry of an Occasion celebrates the distinctness of southern experience, giving expression in story form to a singular episode of mind, heart, or will. Reading this exemplary collection is pure pleasure.

Short Fiction by:

Madison Smartt Bell
Doris Betts
Fred Chappell
Ellen Douglas
Shelby Foote
George Garrett
Allan Gurganus
Barry Hannah
William Hoffman
Madison Jones
Michael Knight
William Henry Lewis
Jill McCorkle
Lewis Nordan
Louis D. Rubin, Jr.
Lee Smith
Elizabeth Spencer
Walter Sullivan
Allen Wier 

Richard Bausch is the author of many books of fiction, most recently the novels Peace and Thanksgiving Night, and Wives and Lovers: 3 Short Novels. His stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, New Yorker, GQ, Playboy, Harper's, and in the anthologies Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and Pushcart Prize Stories. Recipient of the Hillsdale Prize for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the PEN/Malamud Award, Bausch lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

George Garrett --poet, novelist, critic, and editor--has written seven previous volumes of poetry, including Luck's Shining Child. He is Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

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