The 32 Best Southern Novels of All Time

The 32 Best Southern Novels of All Time

Based on a poll of 134 scholars, writers, and others; results published in the August 2009 edition of the Oxford

1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (120 votes)

2. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (80 votes)

3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (64 votes)

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (58 votes)

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (57 votes)

6. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (55 votes)

7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (52 votes)

8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (47 votes)

9. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor (44 votes)

10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (41 votes)

11. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

12. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

13. Light in August by William Faulkner

14. A Death in the Family by James Agee

15. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

16. Beloved by Toni Morrison

17. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

19. Native Son by Richard Wright

20. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

21. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

22. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

23. Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner

24. The Golden Apples by Eudora Welty

25. Cane by Jean Toomer

26. The Known World by Edward P. Jones

27. The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy

28. Deliverance by James Dickey

29. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

30. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

31. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

32. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison


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