Julie Hedgepeth Williams - 'Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes: A Plantation Newspaperman, a Printer’s Devil, an English Wit, and the Founding of Southern Literature'
Williams presents the fascinating story of how three guys named Joe who stuttered and staggered their way into starting Southern literature -- almost by accident. They were Joseph Addison, the famous 1700s English journalist; Joseph Addison Turner, an unknown (to his dismay) Civil War-era writer who published the only newspaper ever produced on a plantation; and Joel Chandler Harris, who became a world famous author in 1880.
Williams is the author of A Rare Titanic Family and Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910.
One of the more eccentric figures in the antebellum South was Joseph Addison Turner, born to the plantation and trained to run one. All he really wanted to do, though, was to be a famous writer--and to be the founder of Southern literature. He tried and failed and tried and failed at publishing magazines, poems, books, articles, journals, all while halfheartedly running a plantation.