Quote of the day, July 7

Louis D. Rubin Jr., on Southern literature

“Only in the Confederate South was the industrialization of America arrested, by the military and economic defeat of the War, and communities like Mark Twain’s Hannibal allowed to exist for another half-century. Not until the 20th century did the South feel importantly the effects of the industrialization that was changing the face of American life. Then it too produced distinguished writers whose art mirrored the transition of one kind of life to another.”

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