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Death in Knoxville

Death in Knoxville Death in Knoxville By David A. Davis Dianne C. Luce. Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy's Tennessee Period. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2009. xiii + 314 pages. $49.95 cloth. Hugh Davis. The Making of James Agee. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2008. xvii + 318 pages. $39.95 cloth. The mountains, coves, and rivers of eastern Tennessee have a haunting quality. James Agee and Cormac McCarthy grew up there, and their books reflect the isolation, eeriness, and arresting beauty of the landscape. Two recently published monographs examine the work of these writers: Hugh Davis's The Making of James Agee and Dianne C. Luce's Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy's Tennessee Period. Both of these writers left Knoxville -- Agee moved to New York and McCarthy now lives in Santa Fe -- but both began their careers there, set some of their works there, and embedded eastern Tennessee in the literary imagination. Within southern literary circles, Agee and McCarthy are complicated figures, in part because of the complexity of their texts and in part because their own regional identities are indeterminate. But the touchstone of Knoxville connects them to a specific locality, a southern place with a unique imaginative resonance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

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Death in Knoxville By David A. Davis Dianne C. Luce. Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy's Tennessee Period. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2009. xiii + 314 pages. $49.95 cloth. Hugh Davis. The Making of James Agee. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2008. xvii + 318 pages. $39.95 cloth. The mountains, coves, and rivers of eastern Tennessee have a haunting quality. James Agee and Cormac McCarthy grew up there, and their books reflect the isolation, eeriness, and arresting beauty of the landscape. Two recently published monographs examine the work of these writers: Hugh Davis's The Making of James Agee and Dianne C. Luce's Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy's Tennessee Period. Both of these writers left Knoxville -- Agee moved to New York and McCarthy now lives in Santa Fe -- but both began their careers there, set some of their works there, and embedded eastern Tennessee in the literary imagination. Within southern literary circles, Agee and McCarthy are complicated figures, in part because of the complexity of their texts and in part because their own regional identities are indeterminate. But the touchstone of Knoxville connects them to a specific locality, a southern place with a unique imaginative resonance.

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 17, 2011

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