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Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association

Jonathan W. Gray


The statement, “The Civil Rights Movement changed America,” though true, has become something of a cliche. This book seeks to determine how, exactly, the Civil Rights Movement changed the literary possibilities of four iconic American writers: Robert Penn Warren, Norman Mailer, Eudora Welty, and William Styron. Each of these writers published significant works prior to the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954 and the Montgomery Bus Boycott that began in December of the following year, making it possible to trace their evolution in reaction to these events. The work these writers crafted in ... More

Keywords: Civil Rights Movement, Robert Penn Warren, Norman Mailer, Eudora Welty, William Styron, Montgomery Bus Boycott, White Negro, race, democracy, African Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617036491
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan W. Gray, author