Notes Concerning the Author
A noted biographer, essayist, and literary-review editor, John Donald Wade (1892-1963) is best remembered for his participation in the Vanderbilt Agrarian movement of the 1930s and especially his contribution to the symposium that was to become that movement’s manifesto, I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (1930). Wade, a Macon County, Georgia native who spent much of his life in the state , was not as prolific as some of his Agrarian colleagues, notably Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren, and as a result did not attain their fame. Still, he exerted an influence over the Agrarian movement, as well as the larger sphere of American letters, that belies his relative obscurity. (Source: New Georgia Encyclopedia)
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet (1790—1870), of Georgia and Mississippi, was a lawyer, a judge, a writer, an active newspaper editor, a Methodist clergyman, and president of several Southern colleges. He was also the uncle of General James Longstreet and the father-in-law of Lucius Q. C. Lamar. In 1808 he enrolled in Moses Waddel’s famous academy in Willington, South Carolina, and in 1811 he matriculated at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
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