Reading from Family Linen , Soundings Radio program 22 and 29 December North Carolina Now , The following are materials found most consistently when browsing a number of online catalogs. M Z68 ] Hill notes that the importance of women's roles are often ignored or trivialized by society.
She believes that Smith addresses these very issues in her novels when Smith writes of female characters who are not able to understand their "true selves" due to cultural influences. This book analyzes Smith's novels in terms of how they address characters that are on the margin of power structures. She focuses on how Smith's characters are able to break down cultural expectations and establish new images of themselves. This book also includes a very detailed chronological list of important events in Smith's life. In addition, it includes a detailed index and bibliography.
A Genesis of Writers. H65 P37 ] Parrish first interviewed Smith in the summer of At this time she was quite interested in the amount of credit Smith gave to both classmates and mentors at Hollins College in Virginia. Smith believes that her experience at Hollins College greatly influenced her writing career. Parrish decided to make a trip to Hollins and do some research into why Smith considered it so influential and why it seemed to have produced a number of famous writers from Smith's class of Throughout her book, Parrish investigates the social, political, and educational circumstances of this time period and proposes how these circumstances can offer insight into the college's writing environment and success rate.
One of the chapters is devoted specifically to Lee Smith's early life and apprentice work. Parrish tries to show how these early days have influenced Smith's writing style and plot development. New Southerners [sound recording]. It is part of a series being done about contemporary writers in the South. On the cassette Smith discusses and reads from her work. Items are arranged alphabetically in these sources. Look under "S" for Smith to find biographical information, critiques, and bibliographies.
The first one listed below views Smith in the context of an author who began her career post World War II while the second critiques Smith as a contemporary writer. Giles and Wanda H. It begins by describing Smith's writing style and gives biographic information, including a career biography. Smith's development is traced and her place in the larger perspective of literary history is assessed by qualified scholars or critics.
This particular volume also includes pictures of many of Smith's novels' dust jackets because of the editor's interest in the iconography of literature. A photo of Smith is included. Lee Smith's entry begins with biographical information where she was born, education, family background, career history, and awards. A list of works is included along with a list of resources, which include interviews with Smith. Also included is a critical essay of Smith's novels. The essay addresses Smith's character development in particular novels, her use of narration, and general themes and structure found in her works.
The following provides a critical analysis of many of Smith's novels. Reading the annotations may help you decide what sources will be most beneficial to your particular information needs.
Canfield and Christopher J. Contemporary Southern Women Fiction Writers: These are the sources to tackle if you are most interested in finding out more about Smith's personal life and her development as an author. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press, It includes a short summary of important events in her life and mentions several works with a brief description of each.
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Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series. If this is not possible, then they consult other biographical sources. Lee Smith's entry begins with personal information. Here you can find information about her date and place of birth, family data, and her educational background. Her address is given along with a summary of her career which includes what work she did before becoming a writer. There is also a list of organizations or groups that Smith belongs to, a list of awards or honors she has received, and a list of all of her major writings.
There is a section called, "sidelights" which contains a biographical portrait of the author's development and discusses how critics have received specific writings.
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Last, there is a list of resources given that one can research in order to find more biographical or critical sources. Search these abstracts and indexes to find helpful material concerning Lee Smith. Many may be book reviews that focus on a particular novel, but other more general articles can also be found. Your best bet may be to do a subject search under, "Smith, Lee," but this may vary depending on the database.
Links to the following databases are available at http: The Southern Literary Journal is well represented in this index, providing many full-text articles on themes found in Lee's novels. There is an option available to search the Smith hits by subdivision i.
However, watch out for many irrelevant articles referring to Lee Smith, the baseball player. Institute for Scientific Information, There is an option to limit your search to a particular year or year s. You can use the "Cited Reference Search" to find the names of materials that cite works about or by Lee Smith.
Many of these articles focus on Lee's narrative strategies in particular novels. Starting in abstracts began to be included and in Masters Abstracts were added. As of date, when searching on Smith, Lee in the subject field, forty-nine results are listed. Most of these pertain to Lee Smith, the Southern author, but there are some that are not relevant as they refer to a different Lee Smith. Many of the dissertations are from the mid-nineties and are apt to compare and contrast Smith's characters to those found in other works. Modern Language Association of America, It contains articles from thousands of journals and series, many of them published worldwide.
It covers subjects such as literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
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Entering Lee Smith as a subject search results in approximately sixty-two items. Several dissertations and interviews with Smith are available. Lee's emphasis on southern women is also frequently explored. Lee Smith , New York: Banner , 23 August Something in the Wind , Flora, Doris P.
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The Weather Wizard's Cloud Book. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. A Clash of Race and Memory. A Book about the Building of a Boat. A Genesis of Writers. The Little Publisher That Could". The Los Angeles Times. The Books that Mattered: The North Carolina Century: Tar Heels who Made a Difference, University of North Carolina Press. Archived from the original on 11 November By means of interviews and research, Parrish examines how and why the four students developed as writers and later became recognized as accomplished influential voices in contemporary American literature.
Although Parrish's book focuses on the writing program at Hollins College, she gives an excellent historical account about how private southern women's finishing schools transitioned into nationally respected academic institutions. Parrish writing style is straightforward and direct. Her research is convincing, and the many quotations, anecdotes, and stories she includes make the book entertaining.
Several years ago when this book was first published, I read it and found it interesting, but recently, having to prepare a lecture about southern fiction, I found Parrish's book to be a valuable resource. I also found her book insightful, enjoyable, and a fine consideration about southern life and culture. Parrish's engaging research into the literary careers' of these Southern writers from Hollins College-Smith, Dillard, MacKethan, and Jones offers an insightful romp through a time in Southern writing history when women authors and poets were often overlooked.
Not only does Parrish show us the tenacity of these intelligent Southern writers, but she also offers us a glimpse into their passion for writing. I thoroughly enjoyed Parrish's fluid writing style. This book is a must for Hollins University students wishing to explore some of their alumni. I like to read books that shed light on the private lives of public figures like these Hollins College writers. Parrish weaves the personal with the literary in a most enjoyable way. She has a beautiful way with words! Parrish offers the rarity of a writer who clearly loves her subject, but doesn't overwhelm the reader.
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