The Literary Career of Medora Field Perkerson: A Southern Twentieth-Century American Writer

Author: DeMarco, Kathleen Ann
Year:2012
Pages:116
ISBN:0-7734-3045-8
978-0-7734-3045-7
Price:119.95
The works of Medora Field Perkerson have been historically neglected by scholars. This book aims to examine her works through the lens of their regional importance as touchstones of early to mid-twentieth-century Southern literature. She was friends with Margaret Mitchell, the author of the famous Gone with the Wind, which helped Perkerson’s career because she helped to promote the book. While her career spanned from the 1920’s until the 50’s, her heyday was in the late 1930’s and 40’s.

Today many may know about Margaret Mitchell but this book shows that her friend Medora Field Perkerson is also worthy of scholarly attention.

Reviews

“Thanks to academic scholars in the region evaluating her life, a new generation of readers can revisit Perkerson’s life and work.”

-Prof. Jeffrey A. Portnoy,
Georgia Perimeter College


“[The author]’s humanization of Perkerson draws the reader in and allows us to imagine life as a writer in Atlanta in the mid-20th century.”

Prof. Dennis Tettelbach,
Georgia Perimeter College


“An intriguing analysis of the literary career of Perkerson that presents solid scholarship drawing in a wide range of resources.”

-Prof. Jean Hakes,
Georgia Perimeter College

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Abstract i
Foreword iii
Dr. Jeffrey A. Portnoy

Preface v
Acknowledgements vii

Introduction ix
Chapter 1
BECOMING A WRITER 1
Medora learns her craft
A Writing Precursor 2
Dramatic Tales 3
Vital and Lifelong Connections 4
Big City Writer 5
The Magazine Office 7
Chapter 1 Notes 9




Chapter 2
BECOMING A COLLEAGUE 11
Medora gains a friend
The Magazine’s Assistant 11
Refined Rebel 12
War Stories 13
Remembering Famous Events 15
Becoming Matrons 15
Turning Fact into Fiction 16
A Friendship Remembered 17
On the Cusp of Fame 19
Critiquing the Critics 20
On Message Interview 21
Local Journalists 24
Chapter 2 Notes 27

Chapter 3
BECOMING AN AUTHOR 33
Medora is in the spotlight
New Opportunities 33 Peacemaking on the Brink of War 35
Gush of Southern Writers 36
Press Club Support 38
Starting Her Own Book 39
Author in Print 40
Press Club Film Party 42
Chapter 3 Notes 45




Chapter 4
BECOMING FAMOUS 49
Medora loses a friend
A Film of Her Own 49
Medora on the Movie Set 50
Headache Over Hedda 52
New Decade, Old Loyalties 57
Art or Artifice 59
Creative Faltering 61
Return to Reporting 63
Civic Columnist 65
Chapter 4 Notes 69

Chapter 5
BECOMING AN ICON 73
Medora gets tributes
Biographical Misstep 73
Best Seller 75
Last Jottings 77
Chapter 5 Notes 79

Bibliography 81

Index 87