Southern Regional Interest

The Top 20 Southern Novels from The Greenville Journal, May 1, 2009:


Eight college professors of Southern literature were asked which Southern novels they considered the most influential.


  • "Absalom! Absalom!" by William Faulkner
  • "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren
  • "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
  • "Cane" by Jean Toomer
  • "Deliverance" by Jame Dickey
  • "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
  • "Look Homeward, Angel" by Thomas Wolfe
  • "Native Son" by Richard Wright
  • "Roots" by Alex Haley
  • "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman" by Ernest J. Gaines
  • "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker
  • "The Last Gentleman" by Walker Percy
  • "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner
  • "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
  • "Tobacco Road" by Erskine Caldwell
  • "Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor
  • "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
  • "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers
  • "The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon, Jr.