Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories

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Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories is a 1973 collection of short stories by Doris Betts.[1] The collection was nominated for a 1974 National Book Award.[2]

The story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" was adapted into the short film “Violet,” which won Best Live Action Short at the 54th Academy Awards.[3] It was later adapted into the musical Violet.

The title story "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was originally published in The Carolina Quarterly in 1973.[4] The title derives from the William Blake poem "The Little Black Boy." It is about an unhappily married woman named Carol who fantasizes she has been chosen as a concubine by Sam Porter, the provost of New African University.[5]


  • The Ugliest Pilgrim
  • Hitchiker
  • The Mother-in-Law
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Burning the Bed
  • Still Life with Fruit
  • The Glory of his Nostrils
  • The Spider Gardens of Madagascar
  • Benson Watts is Dead and in Virginia



  1. ^ Betts, Doris (1973). Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories. Harper & Row Publishers ISBN 9780060103217
  2. ^ Hovis, George (2007). Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction. University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 9781570036965
  3. ^ Vitello, Paul (April 24, 2012). Doris Betts, Novelist in Southern Tradition, Dies at 79. New York Times
  4. ^ Staff report (May 2, 2012). Remembering Doris Betts (1932-2012). The Carolina Quarterly
  5. ^ Magee, Rosemary M. (1992). Friendship and Sympathy: Communities of Southern Women Writers. University Press of Mississippi, ISBN 9780878055456
  6. ^ Russell, Joseph (2013). Is this what you expected? Lulu Press Enterprises, Inc.

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