Trinity University Press

Literary Nashville

From the Literary Cities series

Patrick Allen (editor), Madison Jones (foreword)

The real Nashville is revealed through portraits of the city by forty writers

From honky tonk to high art, from Printer’s Alley to the Parthenon, Nashville is a writer’s town.

There are many accents in Nashville, from the twang of country music and rockabilly to the well-bred tones of Belle Meade society. From Davy Crockett tales and the Agrarians to the BillBoard Top 100 and Goo-Goo Clusters, Nashville is known around the world. Yet the city’s true identity is best realized through its fiction, memoir, poetry, and other writing spanning from frontier days to today. The real Nashville is at last revealed in the pages of Literary Nashville through portraits of the city by forty writers, including the William Price Fox story that inspired Robert Altman’s classic Nashville; John Berendt’s portrait of the city's famous blue-blooded cross-dresser; Langston Hughes’s telling of his first reading in the South at Fisk University; Ann Patchett’s memories of the Swan Ball; the country music tales of Bland Simpson and Lee Smith; the poetry of Nikki Giovanni and James Dickey; and much more.


  • A. Manette Ansay
  • Madison Smartt Bell
  • John Berendt
  • Diann Blakely
  • Alan Cheuse
  • Alfred Leland Crabb
  • David Crockett
  • Donald Davidson
  • James Dickey
  • Tom T. Hall
  • Robert Hayden
  • Langston Hughes
  • Bowen Ingram
  • Mark Jarman
  • Randall Jarrell
  • Madison Jones
  • Julius Lester
  • Andrew Nelson Lytle
  • Ralph McGill
  • Jay McInerney
  • Merrill Moore
  • Mary Noailles Murfree
  • V. S. Naipaul
  • Opie Read
  • Lee Smith
  • Walter Sullivan
  • Allen Tate
  • Peter Taylor
  • Robert Penn Warren
  • Jesse Wills
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    • Price: $16.95 buy »
    • Pages: 304
    • Size: 5.5 x 8.5
    • Published: Jun 2011
    • Status: Available
    • ISBN: 9781595340771


    Writers / Writing, Anthology, Regional, Literature, U.S. South