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Thank You, Thank You. Humbly, The Summer Intern

Dear The Southern Review & LSU Press, Sometimes, falling asleep at the student desk logging acceptances and rejections in and out of the system or reading chapters 8.75 or 26.9 or 110,456.5 of The Chicago Manual of Style, I felt as though my last week would never arrive. I hate commas. I don’t want to […]

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A Remembrance of James Olney

By J. Gerald Kennedy My late colleague James Olney had a sign hanging in his office when he was editor of The Southern Review. It was a framed quotation from Everybody’s Autobiography by Gertrude Stein, expressing her regret at not visiting (during her recent American tour) the home state of her friends William Cook and […]

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Not to be overlooked: James Olney as an inspiring boss

by John Easterly It was my great good fortune to work with James Olney during the last two years of his editorship of The Southern Review, right before he rode off into the sunset, westward to his California retirement. In our offices in the basement of Allen Hall we were constantly swamped with submissions of […]

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James Olney: A Tribute

by Michael Griffith I didn’t revere James Olney because he was brilliant. Or that’s not exactly true. How could one not be staggered, a little, by his brilliance: as a scholar of peerless versatility, one who made significant contributions in the fields of African literature, African American literature, Jung and his theories, poetry (especially the […]

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