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A World Unsuspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood (1987)

by Alex Harris (Editor)

Other authors: Sheila Bosworth (Contributor), Robb Forman Dew (Contributor), Barry Hannah (Contributor), Alex Harris (Foreword), Josephine Humphreys (Contributor)7 more, Bobbie Ann Mason (Contributor), James Alan McPherson (Contributor), T. R. Pearson (Contributor), Padgett Powell (Contributor), Dave Smith (Contributor), Ellease Southerland (Contributor), Al Young (Contributor)

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Harris, AlexEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bosworth, SheilaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dew, Robb FormanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hannah, BarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, AlexForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Humphreys, JosephineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mason, Bobbie AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McPherson, James AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pearson, T. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, PadgettContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, DaveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Southerland, ElleaseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Young, AlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
The descent beckons
as the ascent beckoned
Memory is a kind
of accomplishment
a sort of renewal
even
an initiation, since the spaces it opens are new places
inhabited by hordes
heretofore unrealized,
of new kinds--
since their movements
are towards new objectives
(even though formerly they were abandoned)

No defeat is made up entirely of defeat--since
the world it opens is always a place
formerly
unsuspected. A
world lost,
a world unsuspected
beckons to new places

William Carlos Williams
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To the Memory of Alexander Eisemann, 1888-1953
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I remember a small antique table in our living room.
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From Amazon: The influential formative years of a Southern childhood and adolescence in a segregated society provide the background for contrasting books which aim at understanding this experience. In Separate Pasts , McLaurin relates his adolescent years in rural North Carolina during the 1950s. His account reflects his growing awareness of race and racism. His frankness and honest reflection about his adolescence reveal a great deal about Southern society. And as a historian he provides the reader with a harsh appraisal of a segregated South. From a different perspective comes A World Unsuspected, 11 original essays by some of the region's promising writers, e.g., Barry Hannah, Al Young, and Bobbie Ann Mason. Each author used family photographs to prompt narratives representing their varied pasts. The 11 include blacks and whites and men and women. The childlike reminiscences of several of the writers offer a marked contrast to McLaurin's recollection. While both volumes are recommended for larger academic and public libraries, McLaurin's has considerable candor.
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