Judgment & Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis by Charles Reagan Wilson (Review)

Judgment & Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis

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Judgment & Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis by Charles Reagan Wilson (Review)

by Wayne Flynt
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 3: Fall 1998

University of Georgia Press, 1995

Charles Reagan Wilson has a knack for approaching a subject from an unanticipated direction. His studies of southern culture often diverge from the mainstream toward the periphery of Moon Pies, Goo Goo Clusters, Elvis, and professional wrestling. Some readers find that off-putting. Others consider it fascinating. Judgment & Grace in Dixie is vintage Wilson—witty, well written, perceptive, and sometimes a little too large to swallow in one bite.