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Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr.

Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr. is the director of the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, where he is the Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English and the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies. His most recent book, The Fourth Ghost: White Southern Writers and European Fascism, 1930–1950 (Louisiana, 2009), won the Association of American Publishers 2009 PROSE Award.


Go Set a Watchman. By Harper Lee. Harper, 2015. 278p. HB, $27.99.

Scout Comes Home Again

Fall 2015 | Criticism

As admirable and courageous as the film’s Atticus is, this lionization goes way too far in construing the novel’s Atticus in our memory as some sort of social reformer. 

<i>The Tilted World.</i> By Tom Franklin and  Beth Ann Fennelly.  William Morrow, 2013.  320p. HB, $25.99.

New Fiction of the Great Flood of 1927

Winter 2014 | Criticism

In terms of scale and scope of destruction, the series of floods that struck the Mississippi River system in the spring of 1927 (now known simply as “the great flood of 1927”) is regarded as one of the nation’s greatest natural disasters. More than 16 million acres of land were inundated, with human and economic devastation so massive as to be scarcely imaginable. 

William Alexander Percy: The Curious Life of a Mississippi Planter and Sexual Freethinker. By Benjamin E. Wise. North Carolina, 2012. 368p. HB, $35.

Legacies of Desire in the Delta

Winter 2013 | Criticism

Percy, who died in 1942, was a leading citizen of Greenville, Mississippi, a prominent lawyer, a large-scale planter, and a man who through private example and public service continuously fought to maintain unruffled genteel order amidst the flood of change that was sweeping over the Delta in the first half of the twentieth century.

Hearing Lillian Smith

Winter 1995 | Criticism

Near the end of her life when she was apparently thinking about doing some autobiographical writing, Lillian Smith told a friend that “to tell the truth I have so many selves that I wonder sometimes how I’d do an autobiography.”