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Recognizing that the history of a region and a culture cannot be told strictly in historical narrative and scholarship Mr. Williams collected extensively in the area of Southern literature. Every major Southern writer, from Faulkner to Percy, Wolfe to Welty, Capote to Caldwell, is represented here, as well as a number of lesser known, but important authors. The collection is rich in first editions, association copies and rare books. Signed copies, limited editions and manuscript copies are here, as well as contributions by these authors in obscure magazines and periodicals. The collection is supplemented by a small photographic archive as well as correspondence and other original materials relating to a significant number of these authors. High spots include Langston Hughes’ and Zora Neale Hurston’s earliest and most important works, an extensive collection of works by the Fugitives and the Agrarians, and a most comprehensive collection relating to Robert Penn Warren, with first editions  of all of his published works, many signed, numerous association copies, as well as a number of signed contributions to literary magazines and periodicals earlier writers are also well represented, the Athenaeum having number of important works of Joel Chandler Harris and Edgar Allan Poe. Rounding out the fiction collection are an extensive archive of correspondence from and to Alabama authors and the inventory of a mid-twentieth century bookshop in Mobile.
Photographs by Robin McDonald