Literature > Southern Gothic

    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

It tells the story of Thomas Sutpen and his ruthless, single-minded attempt to forge a dynasty in Jefferson, Mississippi, in 1830. Although his grand design is ultimately destroyed by his own sons, a century later the figure of Sutpen continues to haunt young Quentin Compson, who is obsessed with his family legacy and that of the Old South.

Year: 1936
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member -- including Addie -- and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

Year: 1930
Genre: 1920sFamily DramaSouthern Gothic

    Collected Stories by William Faulkner

This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds readers of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this book are such classics as "A Bear Hunt, " "A Rose for Emily, " Two Soldiers, " and "The Brooch."

Year: 1930
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    Light in August by William Faulkner

Lena Grove's resolute search for the father of her unborn child begets a rich, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of mortality. It also acquaints us with several of Faulkner's most unforgettable characters, including the Reverend Gail Hightower, plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and Joe Christmas, a ragged, itinerant soul obsessed with his mixed-race ancestry.

Year: 1932
Genre: Family DramaSouthern Gothic

    The Reckoning by John Grisham

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son--a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime. Pete's only statement about it--to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family--was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

Year: 2018
Genre: 1940sCourtroom DramaSouthern GothicWorld War II

 

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-- -- -- --1936 Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner Family DramaSouthern Gothic
-- -- -- --1930 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 1920sFamily DramaSouthern Gothic
-- -- -- --1930 Collected Stories William Faulkner Family DramaSouthern Gothic
-- -- -- --1932 Light in August William Faulkner Family DramaSouthern Gothic
-- -- -- --2018 The Reckoning John Grisham 1940sCourtroom DramaSouthern GothicWorld War II
-- -- -- --1929 The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1920sFamily DramaSouthern Gothic
-- -- -- --1960 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Coming of AgeLiteratureSouthern Gothic