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The Truths of William Hoffman's Southern Appalachian Places: The Critics' and His Own

Casey Clabough

in Inhabiting Contemporary Southern and Appalachian Literature

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041735
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043944 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041735.003.0005
The Truths of William Hoffman's Southern Appalachian Places: The Critics' and His Own

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Hoffman’s best work, the most evocative truths of his fiction, often, like life, are of a conflicted nature—difficult to talk about critically, as if arriving to us from a place we might never have predicted, that remains perhaps traceless, yet is always made to feel resonant and right. With so much work behind him, the truths of his fiction appear to have rendered his own theories and intentions, well-meaning or suspect as they may have been, irrelevant. And it is to our enduring advantage that he possessed the courage to allow the truths to have their way.

Keywords: Truths; Fiction; theories

Chapter.  6871 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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