Mark Royden Winchell

Mark Royden Winchell’s latest book, Reinventing the South: Versions of a Literary Region, was published by the University of Missouri Press last January.

Latest by Mark Royden Winchell in Chronicles

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  • Trivial Pursuits
    April 1985

    Trivial Pursuits

    Leslie Fiedler once observed that "in our day, it is . . . possible to be a writer without having written anything." Although it would be grossly unfair to apply this generalization to Cyril Connolly and Logan Pearsall Smith, one cannot help but believe that these "men of letters" represent a triumph of image over substance.

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  • Agrarian Poetics
    November 2006

    Agrarian Poetics

    Over the past four decades, Wendell Berry has been one of the most prolific writers in America, averaging around a book each year. Much of this output has been in the realm of poetry, for which he has been honored with the T.S. Eliot Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, the John Hay Award, and other lesser prizes.

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  • Pictures Into Words
    October 2006

    Pictures Into Words

    Readers of Chronicles already know that David Middleton is an extraordinarily accomplished poet. For much of the rest of the reading world, unfortunately, he is a well-kept secret.

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  • Dawn Goes Down to Day
    September 2006

    Dawn Goes Down to Day

    Walter Sullivan entered Vanderbilt University in 1941 as an 18-year-old freshman. Two years later, he left during World War II to join the Marine Corps.

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  • Reattacking Leviathan
    November 2005

    Reattacking Leviathan

    In 1989, Russell Kirk recalled browsing through the library at Michigan State College as an “earnest sophomore” over 50 years earlier. It was there that he happened upon Donald Davidson’s The Attack on Leviathan.

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  • July 2005

    Why Taft Matters

    Even in that prehistoric time before television, Robert Alphonso Taft seemed an unlikely leader of men.

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  • Playing Poetry With a Net
    March 2005

    Playing Poetry With a Net

    In the Introduction to his classic anthology of Fugitive verse, William Pratt writes: “Modern American poetry abounds in individualism, but two groups of poets have affected its course profoundly.”

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  • October 2003

    The Dream of the South

    In the summer of 1933, Southern Agrarian poet Allen Tate and his friend Marxist literary critic Malcolm Cowley visited various Civil War landmarks in northern Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

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  • George W. Bush: Wilsonian Liberal
    October 2002

    George W. Bush: Wilsonian Liberal

    If constitutional liberties are as old as the republic itself (older if you include the tradition of English common law), violations of those liberties are just as old.

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  • March 2002

    When They Bare the Iron Hand

    It is one of the most famous photographs of the nineteenth century: Alexander Gardner’s picture of four hooded figures dangling from a gallows in the old federal penitentiary in Washington, D.C. on July 7, 1865.

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  • January 2002

    Tracts Against Capitalism

    Peaceful Valley is a bucolic residential neighborhood in Clemson, South Carolina. The middle-class homeowners who live there are not land speculators hoping to turn a profit.

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  • A Beautiful Friendship
    January 1999

    A Beautiful Friendship

    The story of their first meeting has been told so many times that it has become part of the folklore of modern Southern literature. One day, during the fall of 1924, Robert Penn Warren stopped by Kissam Hall on the Vanderbilt campus to visit his friend and classmate Saville Clark.

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  • Greatheart!
    September 1998


    In the foreword to Brother to Dragons , Robert Penn Warren writes "historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake."

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  • A Picturesque, Unprofitable Craft
    December 1997

    A Picturesque, Unprofitable Craft

    If poetry once seemed central to civilization, it has now gone the way of opera and ballet, becoming the property of an insular subculture.

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  • The Paleoconservative Imagination
    April 1997

    The Paleoconservative Imagination

    In January 1996, Norman Podhoretz delivered a self-congratulatory eulogy for neoconservatism in a lecture before the American Enterprise Institute.

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  • December 1992

    A New Venture

    The Southern Classics Series is a new venture of J.S. Sanders and Company. John Stoll Sanders and his series editor M.E. Bradford are systematically resurrecting worthy titles that have disappeared from the pages of Books In Print. In so doing, they are making a valuable statement about the Southern tradition in American literature.

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  • The Remnants of Realism
  • The Remnants of Realism
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