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Anya Seton

A Writing Life

Anya Seton was the bestselling author of ten historical novels, including the masterpieces Katherine and The Winthrop Woman, which are still widely beloved over sixty years after their original publication. Yet there has never before been a book-length biography of this great American writer. Author Lucinda MacKethan, with the support of Seton's daughters and unprecedented access to the novelist's decades' worth of journals detailing her writing throughout her career, has crafted an intimate look at the writer in her own words.


Daughters of Time

Creating Woman's Voice in Southern Story

Drawing upon letters, autobiographies, and novels, Daughters of Time examines the strategies that various southern women writers have used to create their own "voice," their own unique expression of mind and selfhood. Lucinda H. MacKethan shows that, despite the constraining and muting effects of the South's historically patriarchal society, the region has been graced by the remarkably strong presence of women storytellers, black and white, who have asserted their determination to become themselves through creative acts of voicing.


The Dream of Arcady

Place and Time in Southern Literature

Many southern writers imagined the South as a qualified dream of Arcady. They retained the glow of the golden land as a device to expose or rebuke, to confront or escape the complexities of the actual times in which they lived.

The Dream of Arcady examines the work of post-Civil War southern writers who criticize the myth of the South as pastoral paradise. Sooner or later in all their idealized worlds, the idyllic vision fades in an inescapable moment of awakening. This moment, which is central to MacKethan's study, produces an atmosphere pastoral in mood and implications.



The Companion to Southern Literature


Ed., with Joseph M. Flora

Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2001


2005 Reference Book of the Day, 


2002 Best Reference Book list, Booklist


2003 Outstanding Reference Source, American Library Assoc.


Lyddy: A Tale of the Old South (1898)

Eugenia Jones Bacon


Ed., Intro., and notes

Athens: U of Georgia P, 1998


Recollections of a Southern Daughter

The Memoir  of Cornelia Jones Pond

Ed., Intro., and notes

U of Georgia P, 1999


Swallow Barn


John Pendleton Kennedy


Ed. and Intro 

Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1986


My materials about Anya


“Grace Gallatin Seton: Profile.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 27:1(2010): 177-194.


“The Setons at Home: Organizing a Family Biography.”

You Tube Programs


A Conversation on Anya Seton: A Writing Life.”

Lucinda MacKethan, Author, and Deborah Hooker, retired Director of Women’s Studies at NC State University.


From Greenwich Historical Society through You Tube.

“Anya Seton Lecture: “Fathers, Mothers, Daughters: A View of Anya Seton’s Family Through Her Novels.” April 18,2017.


“The Seton Houses: Organizing a Family Biography.” April 24, 2017.

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