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Rough South, Rural SouthRegion and Class in Recent Southern Literature$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802330

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001

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Daniel Woodrell, Ozarker

Daniel Woodrell, Ozarker

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(p.124) Daniel Woodrell, Ozarker
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Rough South, Rural South
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Shawn E. Miller

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0013

This chapter discusses Daniel Woodrell's work, which features a time of knocking about before a homecoming. Born in 1953, Woodrell spent his first year in West Plains, Missouri, the Ozark town where his family had lived since the first half of the nineteenth century. Woodrell credits his mother, Jeanneanne, and a childhood illness that periodically left him bedridden, with fostering in him a passion for reading. Among his early favorites were Mark Twain and Nelson Algren. This chapter considers some of Woodrell's novels, including Woe to Live On (1987), Give Us a Kiss (1996), Winter's Bone (2006), and Tomato Red (1998). Woodrell also wrote the “Bayou Trilogy,” all of which bear all the window-dressing of urban pulp crime fiction: Under the Bright Lights (1986), Muscle for the Wing (1988), and The Ones You Do (1992).

Keywords:   crime fiction, Daniel Woodrell, Missouri, Winter's Bone, Tomato Red

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