The Last Bizarre Tale
Stories by David Madden
Edited by James A. Perkins
“Some writers have a talent for storytelling. Far fewer writers have a talent for literary innovation. Madden masterfully combines both talents.” —Winston Groom
“The author has dared himself to undertake as many novel forms as possible: to each of them he brings deft artistry, piercing observation, and an uncanny understanding of the lives of outsiders.” —Fred Chappell
“In these stories, David Madden proves himself a master of the brilliant narrative left turn, the oddly illuminating digression, the swoop you never expected. No one writes stories like these, and they are a revelation.” —Charles Baxter
Also by David Madden:
More American Than Southern
Kentucky, Slavery, and the War for an American Ideology, 1828–1861
Gary R. Matthews
On the eve of the Civil War, Kentucky’s affinity for the South was based on historical and cultural similarities, including the presence of slavery and a powerful “master class.” However, the planter class that dominated early Kentucky was supplanted in the 1830s by an urban middle class that challenged both the need for slavery and the authority of the master class. Matthews analyzes the dichotomy of these two groups, examines emancipation efforts in Kentucky, and explores the intricacies of Whig politics to show how antebellum Kentucky proved it was more American than southern.
“I expect this work to replace E. Merton Coulter’s The Civil War and Readjustment in Kentucky as the standard study on Kentucky in the antebellum era and the secession crisis.” —Jonathan M. Atkins, author of Politics, Parties, and the Sectional Conflict in Tennessee, 1832–1861
World’s Fairs in a Southern Accent
Atlanta , Nashville, and Charleston, 1895–1902
Bruce G. Harvey
In the 1890s, the perception of the South was inextricably tied to racial strife. Leaders in Atlanta, Nashville, and Charleston all sought ways to distance themselves from traditional impressions about their respective cities, which conjured images of poverty and treason in Americans barely a generation removed from the Civil War. Local businessmen struggled to manage all the elements that came with hosting a world’s fair, but they had defined expectations for their expositions not only in terms of economic and local growth but also considering what an international exposition had come to represent to the community and the region in which they were hosted.