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Author Sue Culverhouse Speaks at the Woodward Library Society at APSU
Posted By Bill Larson On Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 8:00 am In Arts and Leisure | No Comments
Clarksville, TN – On the first day of spring, the Woodward Library Society held their much delayed Winter Program featuring author Sue Culverhouse, the author of Tennessee Literary Luminaries at the Woodward Library on the campus of Austin Peay State University. The program was originally scheduled to be held in February 2014, but was delayed due to inclement weather.
Culverhouse’s book Tennessee Literary Luminaries encompasses the biographies of 11 Tennessee authors: Robert Penn Warren, Alex Haley, Cormac McCarthy, William Gay, Peter Taylor, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Alice Randall, A. Scott Pearson, Bud Willis, Amy Greene and Marshall Chapman.
“I’m extremely tired of people outside Tennessee thinking all of us In this state wear overalls with no shirt, go barefooted, have a six-shooter strapped on, and live on road kill!” Culverhouse adamantly insists. “The authors I have written about are only a few of the Tennessee writers who have made great contributions to literature and can inspire the young people of our state to greater literary heights.”
She opened by quoting author William Gay who grew up in poverty as the son of a sharecropper in Hohenwald, Tennessee. When he visited the library as a child he asked the librarian, “What do you have to pay these people to be able to work with all these books?” The audience laughed at this, but Gay was serious, he loved books that much.
Culverhouse’s talk is included in full below:
The Volunteer State has been a pioneer in southern literature for generations, giving us such literary stars as Robert Penn Warren and Cormac McCarthy. But Tennessee’s literary legacy also involves authors such as Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor, who delayed writing his first novel but won the Pulitzer Prize upon completing it. Join author Sue Freeman Culverhouse as she explores the rich literary heritage of Tennessee through engaging profiles of its most revered citizens of letters.
Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren details the lives of the following authors.
All these people and the stories of their lives are the sum and substance of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren by Sue Freeman Culverhouse. From those who grew up in poverty to those who became wealthy through their writing, this is a book that should be read by every Tennessean.
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