Sironia, Texas

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Sironia, Texas is a novel by American author Madison Cooper that describes life in the fictional town of Sironia, Texas, in the early 20th century. The book won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award.[1] Sironia is widely thought to be a thinly disguised version of his hometown of Waco, Texas. The book has over 1,700 pages, making it one of the longest novels in the English language.[2] Written over a period of 11 years,[1] it was published in 1952.[2] It sold 25,000 copies in its initial printing, but quickly faded from public view.[1] Cooper subtly satirized upper-class southerners throughout the book.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Bryant, Keith L. (2001). Culture in the American Southwest: The Earth, the Sky, the People. Texas A&M University Press. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-89096-948-9. 
  2. ^ a b Greene, A. C. (1998). Fifty Plus Best Books on Texas. University of North Texas Press. pp. 80–1. ISBN 978-1-57441-043-3. 
  3. ^ Lee, James Ward (2004). Adventures With a Texas Humanist. TCU Press. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-87565-288-7.