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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
I Am One of You Forever: A Novel by Fred Chappell
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories by Carson McCullers
Barren Ground by Ellen Glasgow
Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories by Doris Betts
O Beulah Land by Mary Lee Settle
Black Thunder: Gabriel's Revolt: Virginia, 1800 by Arna Bontemps
Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
Brother to a Dragonfly by Will D. Campbell
The Burden of Southern History by C. Vann Woodward
A Childhood: The Biography of a Place by Harry Crews
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Collected Stories of Peter Taylor by Peter Taylor
Collected Stories of Reynolds Price by Reynolds Price
Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
A Curtain of Green: and Other Stories by Eudora Welty
A Death in the Family by James Agee
Death of the Fox by George Garrett
Deliverance by James Dickey
Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
Dirty work by Larry Brown
Dreams of Sleep by Josephine Humphreys
Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography by Zora Neale Hurston
Edisto by Padgett Powell
Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
The Fathers by Allen Tate
From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
God's Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
The Golden Apples by Eudora Welty
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories by Robert Olen Butler
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker
Independence Day by Richard Ford
Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison1
Jubilee by Margaret Walker
Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price
The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Lancelot by Walker Percy
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Let the Dead Bury Their Dead (Harvest American Writing Series) by Randall Kenan
Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron
A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price
Losing Battles by Eudora Welty
Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston
Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed
Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor
North Toward Home by Willie Morris
The Old Forest and Other Stories by Peter Taylor
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus
One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
Oral History by Lee Smith
Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Our southern highlanders : a narrative of adventure in the southern Appalachians and a study of life among the mountaineers by Horace Kephart
Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels by Katherine Anne Porter
The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty
Roots by Alex Haley
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason
Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
The South and the Southerner by Ralph McGill
Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South by John Egerton
Spencer: Stories (Contemporary American Fiction) by Elizabeth Spencer
The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward
Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
Train Whistle Guitar: A Novel by Albert Murray
Uncle Tom's Children by Richard Wright
The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture by Wendell Berry
The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
The Velvet Horn by Andrew Lytle
Victory over Japan: A Book of Stories by Ellen Gilchrist
The View from Pompey's Head by Hamilton Basso
The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
The Voice at the Back Door by Elizabeth Spencer
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan
World Enough and Time by Robert Penn Warren
You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee2
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner3
The Mind of the South by W. J. Cash4
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe5
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee6
The Color Purple by Alice Walker7
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston8
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner9
Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son by William Alexander Percy10
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren11
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty12
The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote13
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy14
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell15
Black Boy by Richard Wright16
Cane by Jean Toomer17
Native Son by Richard Wright18
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner19
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell20
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington21
The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy22
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines25
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter24
The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor23

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A list compiled by the James Agee Film Project, based on a poll of editors, publishers, scholars, and reviewers. Focused on prose works published during the past century, considered "the most remarkable works of modern Southern Literature." Despite the list name, there are only 123 books in it. Only the top 25 are ranked.

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