The post has an impressive list of recommendations (though erroneously names the author of the Uncle Remus tales as Joel Chandler rather than Joel Chandler Harris.
Georgia has a rich literary history, as does much of the South. When I was in undergrad, I took a course in Southern Literature, and it was a really excellent learning experience.
One or two suggestions I might add some of the following lesser known works to the list in the Omnivoriacious post:
- Augustus Baldwin Longstreet’s Georgia Scenes: my Southern Lit. professor wrote the introduction to the version I had in college
- Coleman Barks‘ Gourd Seed (poetry): my UGA poetry professor and a wonderful poet mostly known for translating the poetry of Rumi (in fact, the New Georgia Encyclopedia article recounts him sleeping through his last final exam — that was my class — he wrote a poem about us*
- Judith Ortiz Cofer’s The Line of the Sun
Check out some of the other Georgia authors in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
* Here is a link to the poem. He gave us all a copy of Gourd Seed, and I remember being so scared to ask him to sign it. I worked up my nerve and brought it to the final exam, and then, well as the poem says, he didn’t come. So, I mailed it to him with postage and asked that he sign it and send it back. He did. And he told me I would be a wonderful teacher with students who would be blessed to have me.