Literary Nashville

Edited by Patrick Allen

Foreword by Madison Jones

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

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 true identity of the city ...

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  • Published: August 2011

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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 true identity of the city is best realized through a reading of its fiction, memoir, poetry, and other writings spanning from frontier days to today. The real Nashville is last revealed in the pages of Literary Nashville through portraits of the city by 40 writers, including such vignettes as 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-ever 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.