Writers Follow Faulkner on Mississippi’s Muddy Shores
The past is not dead. Mississippi’s irritations have long inspired pearls from the likes of Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and John Grisham. But there’s a new crop of accomplished Magnolia State authors — from National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward to noir novelist William Boyle. Their kindred creative spirits are haunting towns like Oxford, along with the persistent ghosts of racism, poverty and other human struggles that inspire great works. And with a form of Mississippi-style politics ascendant in 2018, these writers might well have some insight for the rest of the nation.