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IN CONTEXT

Focus

Southern gothic

Before

1940 Carson McCullers’ debut novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter encapsulates the elements of southern gothic in a story of social misfits in Georgia in the 1930s.

1955 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by playwright Tennessee Williams, is set on a cotton plantation in the Mississippi delta and challenges Southern social conventions with its portrayal of the favorite son as a repressed gay man and alcoholic.

After

1980 A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole, is set in New Orleans and follows the antics of slob and misfit Ignatius J. Reilly. Toole is posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for the book a ...

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