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Book awards: Oxford American Best Southern Books of All Time

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Works (55)

Absalom, Absalom! by William FaulknerNovels, 1
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James AgeeNonfiction, 1
All the King's Men by Robert Penn WarrenNovels, 2
Black Boy by Richard WrightNonfiction, 2
The Mind of the South by W. J. CashNonfiction, 3
The Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerNovels, 3
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainNovels, 4
One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora WeltyNonfiction, 4
The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby FooteNonfiction, 5
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeNovels, 5
In Cold Blood by Truman CapoteNonfiction, 6
The Moviegoer by Walker PercyNovels, 6
As I Lay Dying by William FaulknerNovels, 7
Killers of the Dream by Lillian SmithNonfiction, 7
Invisible Man by Ralph EllisonNovels, 8
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick DouglassNonfiction, 8
A Childhood: The Biography of a Place by Harry CrewsNonfiction, 9
North Toward Home by Willie MorrisNonfiction, 9
Wise Blood by Flannery O'ConnorNovels, 9
Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'ConnorNonfiction, 10
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonNovels, 10
All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick BraggNonfiction, 11
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor by Flannery O'ConnorNonfiction, 11
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullersNovels, 11
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet A. JacobsNonfiction, 11
Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son by William Alexander PercyNonfiction, 11
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis CovingtonNonfiction, 11
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy TooleNovels, 12
Mary Chesnut's Civil War by Mary ChesnutNonfiction, 12
Life on the Mississippi by Mark TwainNonfiction, 13
Light in August by William FaulknerNovels, 13
The Burden of Southern History by C. Vann WoodwardNonfiction, 14
A Death in the Family by James AgeeNovels, 14
The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do With the Other by Walker PercyNonfiction, 14
The Earl of Louisiana by A. J. LieblingNonfiction, 15
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas WolfeNovels, 15
Origins of the New South, 1877-1913 by C. Vann WoodwardNonfiction, 15
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. BarryNonfiction, 15
Beloved by Toni MorrisonNovels, 16
The Awakening by Kate ChopinNovels, 17
The Color Purple by Alice WalkerNovels, 18
Native Son by Richard WrightNovels, 19
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora WeltyNovels, 20
Suttree by Cormac McCarthyNovels, 20
Go Down, Moses by William FaulknerNovels, 21
Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellNovels, 21
The Golden Apples by Eudora WeltyNovels, 22
Cane by Jean ToomerNovels, 23
The Known World by Edward P. JonesNovels, 23
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovels, 24
Deliverance by James DickeyNovels, 24
The Last Gentleman by Walker PercyNovels, 24
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. GainesNovels, 24
Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy AllisonNovels, 25
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William StyronNovels, 25

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Based on a poll of 134 scholars, writers, and others; results published in the August 2009 edition of the Oxford American.

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