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Fifty Years of Fine Writing: The Georgia Review

May 5- June , 1997


The Hargrett Library's exhibit, Fifty Years of Fine Writing, chronicles the evolution and accomplishments of The Georgia Review. Using author manuscripts and correspondence as well as past issues and photos, the tenure of each of the Review's six editors is explored. Additionally, the exhibit depicts The Georgia Review's role in the larger literary community through its involvement in such events as the Roots in Georgia Symposium and the Nobel Laureates of Literature gathering prior to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games.


Highlights include:

  • Correspondence from noted Southern authors including Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Harry Crews, Conrad Aiken and Margaret Mitchell
  • Manuscripts of such authors as Robert Penn Warren, Stanley Cavell, and Mary Hood
  • the Georgia Review's prestigious awards including eleven GAMMAs

Lorimer’s writings reached readers across the nation and the world. He received positive feedback from such well-known figures as Henry Ford, John Pershing, John D. Rockefeller, and Commander Richard Byrd. Lorimer, of course, was not without his critics, most notably the socialist writer Upton Sinclair.

Passionate about nature, Lorimer and his family made numerous trips to the West. Lorimer’s interest in nature drew him to play an active role in the movement to conserve the country’s natural resources. He served on Horace Hoovers’ Commission of Conservation and Administration and was a Councilor of the Save-the-Redwoods League.


Georgia Review Editors
John Donald Wade 1947 - 1950
John O. Edison Fall 1950 - Summer 1968
James B. Colvert Fall 1968 - Spring 1972
Edward Krickel
Interim Editor
Summer 1972 - Summer 1974
John T. Irwin Fall 1974 - Summer 1977
Stanley W. Lindberg Fall 1977 - present


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