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W. J. CASH:

QUANDARIES OF THE MIND



[The Mind of the South - The Charlotte News Years - The American Mercury Years - 1941 Texas Commencement Address - Death in Mexico City {Audio - Photographs - Text}]

A Multimedia Examination of W.J. Cash and His Writing


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And we join the growing list of those who strongly caution on the use of Wikipedia as a reliable resource for research. While some of it is appropriate and scholarly, increasingly it is a cesspool of misinformation, apparently by design, Wikipedia's claims of careful screening of the user-supplied entries notwithstanding. We recommend Bartleby.com for your secondary research online, always accurate and scholarly. Wikipedia is notoriously full of errors and historical bias as it blossoms "freely"--much as did Barry Goldwater in 1964. If it sounds okay, they let it pass, even if logically it is an absurdity to anyone with the ability to think and understand disamis. Furthermore, its founder is named "Jimbo", hails from Alabama, and has managed to obtain tax-exempt status because his project is for the purpose of "adult education". Voila! Wonder why there is a right-brain, often right-wing, bias to this obscurantist kitsch-pot. And try to edit some of the more questionable passages, or even raise a parenthetical warning or query, and you find quickly what happens: The attempt is often labeled "vandalism" by the Berliner who screens it. Yet, for some odd reason, the most idiotic, or even downright obscene, material imaginable manages to remain there without so much as a whimper from the Berliner or the least bit of any reference to "vandalism"--as long as it is either kitsch or right-wing. Hint: No one appreciates being called a "vandal" for an honest critical comment or addressing a question as to the accuracy of information. Seems to remind us of the ploys of Berliners of the past, say about 1933, bent on occupying the field of the mind. We recommend reading "X-ing a Paragrab" by Poe to understand it all better. Proceed at your own risk with Wikipedia, unless you have an affinity for witchcraft; and if not already familiar with your topic, double check the material with credible, academic resources before using the information. Mr. Bullet-head had better change his tune or soon be run from Shinopolis, tax-exemption and all.

Example: In the last few days we were reading there about Stonewall Jackson, shot by his own men. We were reading along to find that in his early years, "Stoned Stoney", as his men regularly called him behind his back, had once taught a slave--no doubt named by Stoney "Dancing Bunni"--to read by getting the slave to collect for Stoney pine knots by which Stoney could then burn der midnight oil, to find out how to outdo demn Yankeys--though of course phrased Nazily, blandly, as always, without our colored gravy added. Stoney tended the sheep with his sheepdog, so it said, too, no doubt culled from watching "Serpico" one too many times and trying to emulate him to get the NYC cops uncorrupted so Stoney could be their new chief and show them the way, by way of the Mitfords and their castle-keep heap of rolling misery-wizardry. Well, the Berliner promptly took out our first edit, accused us of "vandalism" and warned us of banishment from the land of Oz-walled, that is Wikipedia, should we do it again, though the Berliner of course said it very blandly, stonily as usual. (Mind you, we have offered edits only about four or five times on anything, as we deem it not worth our while, as the right-wingers quickly throw out any hint of liberal thought. We have relied instead on our observation and reading of the like experiential cries of others as the genesis for our little experiment to determine the Truth of the matter re Wikipedia.) We've no idea why the Berliner should be so touchy about a harmless edit regarding old Stonewall, but there it is. So we have now simply excised the paragrab entirely, the point being that it is silly and ridiculous and an attempt to ingratiate young minds to the notion that the Cxnfederacy and its generals were not such bad characters after all, despite their having launched a states' rights revolt treasonous to the Constitution, winding up in the division of the country for a century and more, the bloodied battlefields, and finally the assassinations which followed. The Berliner perhaps has no idea of American history, though we suspect "Jimbo" does, all the more troubling. The "pine knot" is the Southern symbol for the "problem", you stupe, not an actual fact--or perhaps you know that, "Jimbo", which is why you are so insistent on leaving this garbage under old Stoned Stoney's biographical entry. But let someone try to say something from a liberal stance which relays any hint of symbolic language, and the Berliner steams through the roof. We shall monitor therefore whether this obviously apocryphal little story, inconsequential in one sense, quite problematic in another, without allowing against it any critique or question, comment or suggestion, insistently stated by the Berliner as pure fact, when undoubtedly a piece of sentimental, post-bellum fiction promulgated by Southern recidivists bound for individual states' rights and concomitant, consequent local fiefdoms within them where "every man a King", remains struck or reappears. The wabe Long, "Jymbo". The wabe very, wery Long. Anyway, we awe wabbit wight now.

Postscript: To prove our point further, we added a simple statement, quickly excised by Der Fuehrer at Wikipedia, immediately below a group of quotations attributed to Jackson, quotations regarding warfare, worthy of a psychopath. Our censored statement, considered "vandalism": "One might question, however, given Jackson's own end and that of the Confederacy itself, and its negative impact on the country to this day, whether any of these quotes has anything to say to the living except by reference to the dead and what should not be done lest we lie there with 'Stonewall'." The excision came no doubt because Der Fuehrer desires objectivity, objective that is within the scope of De Fehrer's subjectivity, never admitting that which is challenge to Dex Fuehrer's supremely omniscient neutrality, unless Dr. Fuehrer decides it is necessary to right infringement to neutrality. This then the "free" encyclopedia "freely" edited by its users--just as with the self-determined Anschluss in Austria, 1938.

Cf. O. E. D.: pine knot--A knot of pine-wood, usu. burned as a fuel or for illumination, and adduced as a symbol of hardness, toughness, etc. Also fig. and attrib., e.g., 1850 H. C. Watson Camp-Fires of Revolution 31 We stuck to them as close as pine-knots. 1853 ‘P. Paxton’ Stray Yankee in Texas 310 We stood...with the bright light of a pineknot fire shining full upon us. 1856 X. D. MacLeod Biogr. F. Wood 48 The human pine-knot John C. Calhoun.

And, e.g.: "The following are a few of the more singular circumstances of the barbarity practised in the attack upon Wyoming. Captain Bedlock, who had been taken prisoner, being stripped naked, had his body stuck full of splinters of pine-knots, and then a heap of the same piled around him; the whole was then set on fire, and his two companions, Captains Ranson and Durgee, thrown alive into the flames and held down with pitchforks. The returned tories, who had at different times abandoned the settlement in order to join in those savage expeditions, were the most distinguished for their cruelty: in this they resembled the tories that joined the British forces. One of these Wyoming tories, whose mother had married a second husband, butchered with his own hands both her, his father-in-law, his own sisters, and their infant children..."--The Old Bell of Independence--Or, Philadelphia in 1776, Henry C. Watson, Phila.,1851.

And, other flowers in the chainy, gone: AS matters have gone, it was plainly a blunder,/ But then I expected the Whigs must knock under,/ And I always adhere to the sword that is longest,/ And stick to the party that's like to be strongest:/ That you have succeeded is merely a chance,/ I never once dreamt of the conduct of France!—/ If alliance with her you were promis'd—at least/ You ought to have show'd me your STAR in the east,/ Not let me go off uninform'd as a beast./ When your army I saw without stockings or shoes,/ Or victuals —or money, to pay them their dues,/ (Excepting your wretched Congressional paper,/ That stunk in my nose like the snuff of a taper,/ A cart load of which for a dram might be spent all,/ That damnable bubble, the old Continental/ That took people in at this wonderful crisis,/ With its mottoes and emblems, and cunning devices;/ Which, bad as it was, you were forc'd to admire,/ And which was, in fact, the pillar of fire,/ To which you directed your wandering noses,/ Like the Jews in the desert conducted by MOSES)/ When I saw them attended with famine and fear,/ Distress in their front, and Howe in their rear;/ When I saw them for debt incessantly dunn'd,/ Nor a shilling to pay them laid up in your fund;/ Your ploughs at a stand, and your ships run ashore—/ When this was apparent (and need I say more?)/ I handled my cane, and I look'd at my hat,/ And cry'd —"God have mercy on armies like that!"/ I took up my bottle, disdaining to stay,/ And said —"Here's a health to the Vicar of Bray,"/ And cock'd up my beaver, and —strutted away.--Political Biography, Gaine's Life, Section V, Phillip Freneau, N.Y., 1783.

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Until February, 2002, the site had not been updated since September 4, 2001 when three photographs of the Main Building at the University of Texas, Austin, were added to the speech pages, these photographs having been taken on a Sunday full of storm warnings, August 26, 2001, a day prior to Lyndon Johnson's birthday, as we would find out next day via the serendipity of being stranded there through the stormy night. Perhaps the photograph of the statue of Victory now appears with special portent, but of Victory this time perhaps in a battle of the Spirit and Truth rather than one involving more letting of blood on impatient battlefields, as with the wanton battlefield which one afternoon thirty-five years ago this unfortunate lovely meadow at its back became. While we had planned to add many 1941 Charlotte News articles during the fall of 2001, in light of what occurred on 9-11, we declared a five-month moratorium. As we urged five months ago, we urge again--thought and deep reflection and the constant reminder that this is not 1941. Nor would we wish it to be. Nor can we afford it so to resemble, for 1941 did not have at its will forces which we now have--and that portent is dark and dismal, and potentially final. As has been expressed before by one far more gifted in articulation of tragedy than any of us today present, "The rest is silence..."

"Where is this sight?

"What is it ye would see?
If aught of woe or wonder, cease your search.

"This quarry cries on havoc. O proud death,
What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,
That thou so many princes at a shot
So bloodily hast struck?

"The sight is dismal..."


That which was stated herein prior to 9-11 will be left as it was so that the living may see whatever here there is to see in the hope that it may help to understand that the temporal world is only a beginning and that we have overcome many things in the history of the world and in the history of the nation, both in times recent and in the far distant past, and as to this which we presently endure, we shall also overcome. --September 21, 2001

Perhaps, we should take the time to read this, a poem from 1860, which we all have read before--but perhaps not recently--as we did with new illumine, for the first time in a long, long time, on 9/22/'01.

Not to mention, this...



And this: Beginning in the wee hours of November 8, 2000, while viewing on television a rainy funereal procession of limousines in Nashville, Tennessee, we as a country suddenly witnessed a curious turn of fortune which began a unique process never before seen in our lifetimes--at least for those of us no further from infancy than 124 years. During this period, we placed some rambling notes on our website and sorted some thoughts forming in its end result a quick outline tour of the political history of the United States, more or less at least, parts not usually covered in traditional historical and legal discourse--with some appropriate stress on the strange and curious career of the South. At the end of this process, we saw another rainy funereal procession, in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2001. The events in these months led to reflection oddly on another funereal procession preceded by a rainy Washington Saturday long ago and far away, but which many of us still remember all too well. For what it's worth, we now maintain separately our Note for you as it appeared originally in this space, growing as it did with the passage of each turn of contemporaneous events then occurring. It is replete with editorial comments--some rough, some indelicate--about this election of all elections, elections past, and a few other things we think relevant for consideration as we turn the century. While, for separation of time, this note has nothing directly to do with the work of W.J. Cash obviously, by indirection, and with a dose of imagined extension of thought, it has everything to do with the work of W.J. Cash, as surely as did the election of "Old Whiskers" Hayes which preceded his time by 24 years.


And we add this in the latter days of October, 2002.


Plus this, policing pole to pole, and some more, in mid-September, 2004...


And, not quite full circle, this, November 8, 2004, Foggy Mtn. (Nervous) Breakdown, #19 & 35.
Coming closer to full circle, November 8, 2006, this.

INTRODUCTION



W.J. CASH was born on May 2, 1900 in humble, mill-owned Gaffney, South Carolina; he died in a lonely, untelling room at La Reforma Hotel on Paseo de La Reforma in Mexico City, July 1, 1941. In the 41 years in between these dates, he wrote passionately of his native South, imploring it to face reality and the future while admonishing that failure to do so would inexorably lead to violent enforcement of reality. He died not knowing that his alternative fatal vision of the future world would come to pass in bloody fusion with occurrence during the 1950's and 60's--from small, indistinct Southern hamlets and milltowns like Hattiesburg, to Birmingham, Oxford, Little Rock, Dallas, and then to the boroughs of Manhattan, to Detroit, Watts, Philadelphia, and eventually to almost every major American city throughout the land, culminating in Memphis and the tragic days which followed. Too much of the South would refuse to look analytically into the mirror of time and see itself realistically, but honorably, as plain people full of noble but simple traits, yet needful of self-examination to purge itself of its prepossessing demons--as Cash urged so fervently from his bully pulpit on the printed page, given him first by H.L. Mencken in 1929 and then by the Knopf Publishing Company and J. E. Dowd of The Charlotte News in the years which followed. Instead, the system of violence, of Jim Crow segregation, of cotton and tobacco profits, of "Cloud-Cuckoo-Land" small-town mentality stuck in "proto-Dorian" convention--the preservation in the minds of too many poor and middle class whites of a Never-never Land image of handsome squires escorting ladies in farthingales to the palatial ball at the manor house, ignoring the while the surrounding dusty non-culture of caste-locked sharecroppers and millbillies finding pride in one indefatigable fatigued ideal, race--of intransigence in the face of a changing world, exemplified by Cash's peasant prototypical "Man-at-the Center"--all of this, this "savage ideal", would persist to the bitter end, until the "second civil war" and the aid of the federal courts in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's would finally force a recognition, at least in most, of the very things Cash had commended to his fellow Southerners in 1941 and earlier.

Though he intended to publish more, "Sleepy" "Jack" Cash left behind but the one book, The Mind of the South, published February 10, 1941. But it is this singularly unique book in the annals of Southern analytical literature which has astonished, puzzled, bemused, intrigued, and ultimately inspired both serious scholars and casual students of the South alike for nearly six decades. Hailed immediately as a chef d'ouevre by such diverse sources as The New York Times, The Atlanta Constitution, the N.A.A.C.P., the North Carolina Mayflower Literary Society, and the Guggenheim Foundation, the 430 page book, still in print, needs no independent analysis or praise here: The ample criticism, both harsh and laudatory, wrong-headed and straight-strong, perplexed and clear, has been catalogued in numerous articles and reviews dating from its publication to the present and in two biographies on Cash, a thorough compendium of which are cited herein. In 1941, the book reviewer for Time Magazine said: "Anything written about the South henceforth must start where he leaves off." Pick up virtually any serious book written on Southern culture since 1941 and bear witness to the prescience of this reviewer.

Cash's other primary writings, his eight articles for Mencken's American Mercury, published between 1929 and 1935, and his editorials for The Charlotte News, published between 1935 and 1941, are included here in full, the first time all of these periodical writings have ever been assembled for re-publication. (As of the end of 2008, with the addition of 894 editorials during the year, there are 5,747 editorials and articles online during Cash's tenure at The News. About 250 remain, primarily November, 1939 and the last week of September, 1940. Those will likely be added in 2009. The remainder of 1941, after Cash's departure, is also included in Adobe format only. Likewise, the remaining editorial pages during the war, through August, 1945, will be added eventually.)

All of the early editorials by Cash, 78 in all, taking the measure of provincial religious intolerance from his short stint in fall, 1928 as managing editor of the The Cleveland Press in Shelby are included as well.

As of June, 2001, there is a Reader's Guide to The Mind of the South which provides links to nearly all works and persons mentioned in the book. Originally, we conceived to present some representative excerpts, but decided it would potentially tear the fabric unnecessarily and so have instead produced this guide to deepen understanding.

Additional features of the site are both the full text and audio of Cash's commencement address delivered at the University of Texas just 29 days before his death, all of Cash's college poetry and creative writing, an article by Cash's widow, Mary Maury, recounting the last hours of Cash's tortured end, first published in 1967 in the The Red Clay Reader,  numerous pictures and documents in the picture gallery, including a panoramic "walk-in" gallery section, and a compendium of never before published additional facts and circumstances surrounding Cash's untimely death in 1941 with an explanation for his death never before put forth.

Though not yet available, excerpts from some of the articles and from the two biographies on Cash, W.J. Cash: Southern Prophet, by Joseph L. Morrison, Knopf, 1967, and W.J. Cash: A Life, by Bruce Clayton, L.S.U. Press, 1991, should at some point in the future be included here in readable text format.

Special thanks are due the scholars and journalists who participated in two seminars in 1991, one held at Cash's alma mater, Wake Forest University, and the other, fittingly, at the University of Mississippi. Their presentations and collected essays, appearing in W.J. Cash and the Minds of the South, (Wake Forest participants), edited by Paul D. Escott, L.S.U. Press, 1992, and The Mind of the South Fifty Years Later, (U. of. Miss. participants), edited by Charles W. Eagles, Univ. of Mississippi Press, 1992, helped to inspire the presentation of this site dedicated to the life and writings of W.J. Cash. For an exceptional quick overview analysis of Cash and his book's impact on the South, see the writing of John Shelton Reed and others in The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Co-edited by Charles Reagan Wilson & William Ferris, University of North Carolina Press, 1989. Professor Reed's numerous other insightful articles on Cash, spread across nearly three decades and several publications, have also served greatly to inspire this site and are highly recommended. We also recommend The South, by B.C. Hall & C.T. Wood, Scribner, 1995, for a look at both Southern history and contemporary Southern life, written in a breezy style from the point-of-view of the proverbial "everyman" and acknowledging at length Cash's contribution as a seminal force in this effort.

This site is designed to be of use both to professional scholars interested in primary research on Cash and his writing and to the casual student interested in W.J. Cash, The Mind of the South, or just the South generally. (And if you happen to be one of the poor unfortunate undergraduates assigned to labor away at The Mind, take heart: While this site will not guarantee you an A or act as an online Cliff's Notes on Cash, it may give you some insight which your fellow students might not yet glean. And don't worry, an erratic student himself, Cash would have been sympathetic to your plight. Take it from those who trod around the dangerously sharp learning curve before you; in years to come, you will likely come to appreciate the richness of the book more than perhaps you do at present.)

This site is free; the only donation we ask is that if you find the site educational, interesting, or even a little inspiring, please let us know. Contributions of information on Cash, writings on or by Cash not herein included, as well as critiques of Cash or this site, are most welcome and encouraged. Also, if you can conjure a way to make the site more user-friendly or if you spot any glitches which need remedying, do not be reticent about telling us. E-mail your contributions, comments and suggestions to wjcash1@wjcash.org or post questions or comments and exchange ideas at The Cash Lodge. Remember to bookmark this site for easy return and reference. If you thoroughly explore the site on your initial visit, please check back in a few months as additional material, especially Cash's substantial writing for the News, will be added periodically.

Bear in mind that this site contains material under copyright. In all cases where practicable we have obtained the permission of the copyright holder and/or the author for reproduction of the materials maintained here. Please follow suit and obtain proper permission prior to any use or reproduction of the documents and graphic images contained herein except where the  intended use is strictly personal, scholarly, and non-commercial. It takes a lot of thought, research, and time to write a scholarly article or book; even the presentation of ideas, not just quoted material, original to an author, deserve credit by footnotes or textual mention. Please act accordingly for the benefit of all who want to know from whence your ideas originated.

Thank you for visiting. We hope your time here will be splendid and inspiring and that you will take with you at least a nugget or two of lasting value.


The Site Publisher - November 22, 1998



"One almost blushes to set down the score of the Old South here. If Charleston had its St. Cecelia and its public library, there is no record that it ever added a single idea of any notable importance to the sum of man's stock. If it imported Mrs. Radcliffe, Scott, Byron, wet from the press, it left its only novelist,William Gilmore Simms, to find his reputation in England, and all his life snubbed him because he had no proper pedigree. If it fetched in the sleek trumpery of the schools of Van Dyck and Reynolds, of Ingres and Houdon and Flaxman, it drove its one able painter, Washington Allston (though he was born an aristocrat), to achieve his first recognition abroad and at last to settle in New England.

"And Charleston is the peak. Leaving Mr. Jefferson aside, the whole South produced, not only no original philosopher but no derivative one to set beside Emerson and Thoreau; no novelist but poor Simms to measure against the Northern galaxy headed by Hawthorne and Melville and Cooper; no painter but Allston to stand in the company of Ryder and a dozen Yankees; no poet deserving the name save Poe--only half a Southerner. And Poe, for all his zeal for slavery, it despised in life as an inconsequential nobody; left him, and with him the Southern Literary Messenger, to starve, and claimed him at last only when his bones were whitening in Westminster churchyard." (The Mind of the South, Book I, Chapter III, section 11, pp. 92-93 of 1991 ed.) [See all of the Southern Literary Messenger and its history.] (Should the link change again, we are referring specifically to Volume 15, Issue 11, November, 1849, the whole of it, preferably in the original page view format--as a preview to understanding. While there are no shortcuts, for an initial pique, try a gander at page 681. Then, f'r furlang insight, t' a' least a score less three plus o' yon sleight, one might gle'n, as corollary, while other lays stede had Note afore, the one who in ragged coat did smoor, in "Tam o' Shanter", by Robert Burns--but, so ye won't a sore t' carry, flame a lantern such that thou might learn, ye briney, bristlin', folks s' merry. Jy, 2002)

And Shakespeare says... 1, 2, 3




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  • Audio Presentation of University of Texas Commencement Address by W. J. Cash, June 2, 1941, listenable online, plus full text of speech and information about speech. This is the only recording ever made of the voice of W.J. Cash, made just 29 days before his death. The speech lasts about 27 minutes and is divided into two parts in the Yamaha version, but is continuous in the RealAudio version. The sound quality is exceptionally good, especially considering that these recordings were originally contained on 1941 vintage 78 r.p.m. phonograph records, now digitally transcribed to filter out most surface noise.

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  • The American Mercury Years: 1929-1935

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[Jehovah of the Tar Heels - July,'29 (Includes introduction to Mercury writing)]
[Close View of a Calvinist Lhasa - April, 1933]
[The Mind of the South - October, 1929]
[Buck Duke's University - September, 1933]
[The War in the South - February, 1930]
[Holy Men Muff a Chance - January, 1934]
[Paladin of the Drys - October, 1931]
[Genesis of the Southern Cracker - May, 1935]

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  • The Charlotte News articles by W. J. Cash, including unascribed editorials by Cash, 1928 and 1935-1941:  As of the end of 2008, including Cash's two-month editorship of the small Cleveland Press in Shelby, there are 5,747 articles, book reviews, and editorials on subjects including international politics, the war in Europe and the Pacific, national politics and economics, race,  lynching, and the state of Southern literature and art in general. Taken together, these articles provide the reader a fair thumbprint of the times of the latter Thirties and early Forties, both at home and abroad. Individual articles are listed both chronologically and according to subject with links to each article.  (The remaining 250 unascribed editorials will be online during 2009.) Also to be added are the editorial pages, in Adobe format only, for the period after Cash's associate editorship to the end of the war, June, 1941 through August, 1945.

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From Wake Forest Old Gold and Black - 1921-1923

  • Editorials, by Cash as managing editor, 1921-22, and editor, (as law student), 1922-23, the earliest published Cash editorials and views on the South and international relations. (Editorials will be added periodically.) (Note: As of 2006, Wake Forest University has all of the past editions of The Old Gold and Black, including Cash's years as editor, online at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. It is not possible to link directly to the collection; go to the library homepage and search for "W. J. Cash".)




From The Wake Forest Student - 1921-1923

  • The Poetry of W. J. Cash, 1921-23; seven short poems, the only published Cash poetry



  • The Short Story Fiction of W. J. Cash, 1921-22; "The Curse", "The House of Hate" (both coming soon), "The Derelict" - Three stories of the supernatural plainly influenced by Poe, and the latter with a Conrad patina, offer the reader the only available excursion into the early and never-finished fiction career of Cash.



  • The Mind of the South Reader's Guide

    The Reader's Guide provides off-site internet links to works and persons referenced in the book

[Mind of the South Reader's Guide]




  • Red Clay Reader Articles
Originally published in 1967, Vol. 4, including original graphics and images



  • Biography, excerpts from: W.J. Cash: Southern Prophet, by Joseph L. Morrison, Knopf, 1967 and W.J. Cash: A Life, by Bruce Clayton, L.S.U. Press, 1991. Select excerpts from menu: (Coming soon)



  • Seminar essay compendia, excerpts from: W.J. Cash and the Minds of the South, ed. by Paul D. Escott, L.S.U. Press, 1992, and The Mind of the South Fifty Years Later, ed. by Charles W. Eagles, Univ. of Miss. Press, 1992. Select excerpt from menu: (Coming soon)



  • Gallery of Pictures and Memorabilia (Pre-Load link):

    Containing graphics, pictures, and images of Cash, his family, and artifacts of Cash's life and writing, some never before published. Travel from here to main gallery entrance at which you may choose from four areas to visit, "Early Years", "Writing Years", "1941", and "The Panoramic Gallery". The latter area, added July, 1999, affords the viewer a quick browse through a "three-dimensional" gallery environment with less included biographical information than at the main gallery. (A VRML viewer, such as a free download of Cosmo Player available at supplied link on the page, is required to see the panoramic environment.) For instant access to all pictures, first hit the pre-load link above or on the top navigation bar and follow the instructions. The icons below and on all subsequent pages afford direct access to the galleries without pre-loading, slower if you have not previously pre-loaded or if you have been here before but since cleared your cache of Cash. (In either case, see "Preview To Understanding".)

    For other online Cash correspondence not at this site, including letters from Margaret Mitchell, Paula Snelling, Ellen Glasgow, Alfred Knopf, and Josephus Daniels, see The Rare Book Room of the Wake Forest University Library. Links to individual pieces of this additional material with commentary are included within the Picture Gallery herein. (Special thanks to the staff at Wake Forest for preparation of that additional online collection.)

[Go to Main Picture Gallery Entrance] [click to go to Panoramic Gallery Entrance]




  • Bibliography and compendium of books and articles about W.J. Cash and a suggested reading list of books Cash read and admired (Coming soon)


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