Roger Sauls

Roger Sauls is a poet and bookman who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His most recent collection, The Hierarchies of Rue, is published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Going Down the Shady Side of the Mountain: William Alexander Percy’s Lanterns on the Levee

Greenville, Mississippi

Children of the Delta, the Percy family displayed nearly two centuries of notable literary achievement, and its peak was found in the poetry and memoir of 20th-century’s William Alexander Percy and the novels and philosophical writings of his beloved cousin Walker

On the Road with Groceries: The Story of the Rolling Store

Berrien County, Georgia

The historical origins of these “grocery stores on wheels” are as obscure and colorful as the enterprising men who drove them

Katherine Anne Porter and “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”

Indian Creek, Texas

Perhaps the most imaginatively written death scene in American literature was penned by Southern author Katherine Anne Porter

The Wiregrass: Where the Rough South Begins

Lanier County, Georgia

Roger Sauls grew up in Lanier County, in the heart of Wiregrass Georgia—a place that still sticks to him like a sand spur

Fugitive Poet Allen Tate and The Fathers

Winchester, Kentucky

Tate was one of the 20th century’s most important Southern poets, and The Fathers his only novel. It was a story the South was begging to be told.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: A Review

Greenwood, Mississippi

Deeply baptized in the sensibility of the South, Donna Tartt weaves a Pulitzer-prize-winning story with subtle Southern themes and texture

To Kill a Mockingbird Fifty-five Years Later

Monroeville, Alabama

Acclaimed by many as the best in 20th-century American literature, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in hindsight is certainly historically significant–but perhaps “best” is a bit overblown

Thomas Wolfe: Reputation without a Home

Asheville, North Carolina

One of early twentieth-century’s most important–and popular–writers, Thomas Wolfe’s popularity and importance have had a hard time finding their way back home

Shelby Foote: Writer in Two Worlds

Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee

If the Civil War is America’s Iliad, Southern novelist and historian Shelby Foote is likely the country’s most well-known Homer

Starting Over by Elizabeth Spencer: A Review

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

One of the South’s best authors for more than half a century, Elizabeth Spencer “starts over” with a familiar and satisfying voice

Going to the Movies with Kierkegaard: Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer

Covington, Louisiana

A review of the novel that launched the culture-changing influence of one of the twentieth century’s most important Southern writers

O’Connor’s A Prayer Journal: A Review

Milledgeville, Georgia

A look into the thoughts, prayers, emotions, and hopes of a young Southern author on the threshold of her life’s work