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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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“Rough South”: Beginnings

“Rough South”: Beginnings

(p.3) “Rough South”: Beginnings
Rough South, Rural South

Gary Hawkins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the beginnings of the Rough South designation. The chapter's author reflects on meeting Larry Brown, a largely self-educated writer who was born into a working-class family and remained a member of the working class. He also recounts the series of one-hour shows that he pitched to Wyndham Robertson at UNC-TV in the late 1980s, which he called “The Rough South of (name your author).” He said he dropped the fiction element for the first two episodes, on Timothy Reese McLaurin and Harry Crews. The author proceeds to explain how he met Crews, whom he interviewed for The Rough South show. In that interview, Crews expressed his views on topics such as writing, violence, and sports. The author concludes by talking about the principal photography that he made for The Rough South of Larry Brown.

Keywords:   working class, Rough South, Larry Brown, Wyndham Robertson, UNC-TV, The Rough South, Timothy Reese McLaurin, Harry Crews, photography, writing

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