Top Ten Southern Novels
Russell Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He formerly served as Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. Dr. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective (Crossway, 2004) and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Crossway, May 2009).
- 2009 Sep 24
Now, first of all, I haven't forgiven the Oxford American for moving from Oxford, Mississippi, to Arkansas. Still, it's a good magazine.
The top ten novels picked by their team of scholars:
1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
2. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
9. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
I agree with many of the choices, especially the Faulkner, O'Connor, Percy, and Ellison picks. I wouldn't count Mark Twain as a Southern author, although I would agree that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the best, perhaps the best, American novels of all time. Faulkner is, of course, inimitable and significant. Percy is likewise. My main complaint is that Eudora Welty is not on this list and neither is Willie Morris. They should be.