A tragic tale, part 2
July 29, 2022
In choosing to study creative writing at Vanderbilt University, Jesse Hill Ford was seeking to become an important part of a storied U.S. literary tradition.
For years, Vanderbilt’s English Department had been at the forefront of a movement to carve out a unique place for southern writers in the panorama of American literature.
In the early 1920s literary scholars at the university called themselves the “Fugitives.” A decade later, several of the Fugitives became part of another scholarly group from Vanderbilt known as the “Agrarians.”
These authors and teachers argued that the S...