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Big Ballad Jamboree by Donald Davidson

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Yes, THE Donald Davidson (1893-1968)  - the Vanderbilt professor who was a founding member of both the Fugitives and the Southern Agrarians, two literary groups based in Nashville who essentially represented unapologetic Southerners.  Although not apologists for the Confederacy, they were for an economic "New South," but not for making amends for the heritage of Southern racism. This is the only novel by Davidson, best known as a poet. He sets this novel in Western North Carolina in the Summer of 1949. The protagonists are Danny MacGregor who aspires to be a country star and Cissy Timberlake a scholar of folk music, and, yes, they become romantically involved, and it is funny, and it does not spare small town civil boosters, politicians or even the protagonists. The manuscript for this novel was discovered, after his death, by one of his granddaughters.

Jackson: The University of Mississippi Press, 1996. 295 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.