The Confessions of Nat Turner a wrenching reminder

In August, 1831, a few dozen slaves in Southampton, Virginia, revolted, slaughtering whites mercilessly. The confession of the revolt’s leader, Nathaniel Turner, presented at his trial and subsequently published as a pamphlet, is the factual basis of William Styron’s novel. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron Random House, 1966, 1967; 428 p. 1967 […]

Characters in The Deliverance Grow Up

Ellen Glasgow’s sets The Deliverance, a tale of repressed sexual passion and hatred, in the tobacco fields of Reconstruction-era Virginia. When the Confederacy lost the war, the Blakes lost their slaves and money. Former overseer Bill Fletcher bought their plantation for $7000. The remnants of the Blake family were forced to move to what had […]

Verbiage Clogs Arteries of Heart of the Hills

John Fox Jr.’s Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come was on the 1903 and 1904 bestseller list. His The Trail of the Lonesome Pine was on the lists in 1908 and 1909. By 1913, readers were ready for a new novel by the popular author. Fox obliged with The Heart of the Hills. The story concerns […]

Tobacco dominates Drivin’ Woman

Drivin’ Woman is a historical romance set against the backdrop of the tobacco industry. As the Civil War ends, America “Merry” Moncure runs what’s left of her family and its plantation. Merry marries a cousin, Fant Annabel, and moves with him to Kentucky from her Virginia home. When Fant  jumps from a riverboat to avoid […]