These classics can be found in many classrooms across the South
The South is rich in so many things: traditions (old and new), food, charming towns both large and small. It’s no surprise that our literary history is one of the richest aspects of our culture. In the spirit of back-to-school, we started thinking about book lists, and realized that there are many Southern staples on high school reading lists. Think about it: has anyone, anywhere in America actually graduated without reading To Kill a Mockingbird? The idea of a high school English curriculum without it is almost laughable. From short fiction from master Flannery O’Connor to the iconic plays of Tennessee Williams, we’ve collected ten books by Southern authors that we’re pretty sure every high school student–north or south of the Mason-Dixon Line–should read before graduation. Not a high school student, but just want something new to read? Delve deeper into some of the other works by these Southern authors. We can’t think of a better way to spend a fall afternoon than sitting on the porch with a good book.