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"A Devil and a Good Woman, Too" is the award-winning biography of a remarkably talented, enigmatic southern woman whose fiction about rural African Americans drew on her own emotional traumas and family scandals. A white plantation mistress who vowed to "write what is, even if it is unpleasant," Julia Peterkin produced five books that revolutionized American literature, including the Pulitzer Prize - winning novel "Scarlet Sister Mary". In the 1920s, Peterkin wrote stark, powerful stories that earned the praise of W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, and H. L. Mencken. But for reasons explored in this biography, she chose to stop writing at the height of a brilliant career and retreat to a provincial life rather than follow her characters as they moved away from the plantation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780820332505
ISBN-10: 082033250X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: University of Georgia Press
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Susan Millar Williams

Susan Millar Williams teaches American literature and creative writing at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina. Her writing has been published in the Nation and the Southern Review.

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