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Amid the Swirling Ghosts: And Other Essays

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"Amid the Swirling Ghosts" is a collection of literary essays and feature articles that covers subjects from William Faulkner to Flannery O'Connor to Pistol Pete Maravich to Bonnie and Clyde and more.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by University of Louisiana
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Louisiana author William Caverlee is a contributing writer for The Oxford American Magazine, where he writes essays on topics that range from Bonnie & Clyde to William Faulkner to Pistol Pete Maravich. Caverlee has also published essays in The Christian Science Monitor, Flight Journal, and Literary Traveler. His short stories have been published in Cimarron Review, The Florida Review, Quarterl ...more
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“Without ever leaving her hide-out in Milledgeville, Georgia, Flannery O’Connor knew all there was to know about the two-lane, dirt and blacktop Southern roads of the 1950s—with their junkyards and tourist courts, gravel pits and pine trees that pressed at the edges of the road. She knew the slogans of the Burma Shave signs, knew the names of barbecue joints and the chicken baskets on their menus. She also knew a backwoods American cadence and vocabulary you’d think was limited to cops, truckers, runaway teens, and patrons of the Teardrop Inn where at midnight somebody could always be counted on to go out to a pickup truck and come back with a shotgun. She was a virtuoso mimic, and she assimilated whole populations of American sounds and voices, and then offered them back to us from time to time in her small fictional detonations, one of which she named, in 1953, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find.” 2 likes
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