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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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Tim McLaurin: Universality from Rural North Carolina

Tim McLaurin: Universality from Rural North Carolina

(p.41) Tim McLaurin: Universality from Rural North Carolina
Rough South, Rural South

bes Stark Spangler

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the life and work of Timothy Reese McLaurin, who, as a Rough South writer, portrays, in the ordinary lives of North Carolinians, universal human stories. Born on December 14, 1953, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, McLaurin spent his childhood in Beard, a small community on the outskirts of Fayetteville. These childhood explorations imbued McLaurin with a lifetime love of nature. Fascinated by the creatures he encountered while exploring, McLaurin became adept at handling snakes, a skill he would continue to cultivate. His sense of himself as part of the southern working class, with family and emotional roots in eastern North Carolina, firmly established itself during his childhood and adolescence and would last until the end of his relatively short life. This chapter considers some of McLaurin's novels, including The Acorn Plan, Woodrow's Trumpet, Cured by Fire, The Last Great Snake Show, and Another Son of Man, plus two memoirs: Keeper of the Moon: A Southern Boyhood and The River Less Run.

Keywords:   working class, Timothy Reese McLaurin, Rough South, North Carolina, The Acorn Plan, Woodrow's Trumpet, Cured by Fire, Keeper of the Moon

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