"the song of the South"
|Julien Green was born (1900) and raised in
Paris, France. His father was from Virginia,
and his mother from Savannah, GA. His parents,
both being from Southern states, instilled
in him the values and culture of their homeland
to such a degree, that Julien Green had a
sense of belonging to the South long before
he ever visited it in early adulthood. His
mother, Mary Green, often told her children
stories of her and her family's experiences
during and after the Civil War. Her father
being a Confederate Congressman, she was
deeply attached to her Southern heritage
and grieved at the South's conquest and destruction.
This had a powerful effect on Julien, who
would continue to return to the South as
a setting and theme for his work throughout
his lifetime. Julien left Paris to attend
the University of Virginia in 1920 where
he wrote several short stories in English.
Retuning to Paris in 1923, Green wrote numerous
stories, essays, novels, and autobiographical
works in both French and English. He was
very prolific in his lifetime, and many of
his works had Southern settings and themes.
These works include Sud (or South) a play, Moira (a novel), his trilogy Les Pays Lontains (The Distant Lands), Les Etioles du Sud, and Dixie, and his Journal (in several volumes, autobiographical).
He continued to publish throughout his life
until his death in 1998.
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