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Anne Rivers Siddons

Anne Rivers Siddons' consistently best-selling novels are typically set in Georgia or concern Southerners living elsewhere, and she is perhaps best known for her books set in Atlanta and its environs. However, her popularity transcends place. Siddons' total hardcover and paperback sales range in the millions, testimony to the skill with which she creates engaging characters whose Southern identities shape and inform their universal struggles.

Two novels, Homeplace (1987) and Nora, Nora (2000), take place in a fictionalized version of her hometown, Fairburn, southwest of Atlanta. She is also the author of two books of nonfiction, Go Straight on Peachtree (1978), a guidebook to Atlanta, and John Chancellor Makes Me Cry (1975), a series of essays patterned around the changing seasons in Atlanta. Her novel Downtown (1994) recreates her early career as a writer and editor for Atlanta magazine. Her most commercially successful book, Peachtree Road (1989), portrays modern Atlanta's white elite on the eve of the civil rights era.

Siddons's other books include a horror story set in Atlanta, The House Next Door (1978), which has been compared by Stephen King to The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Fox's Earth (1981), among her best books, is the story of several generations of Georgia women. In King's Oak (1991) Siddons moves beyond Atlanta to the more traditional rural South and continues to reflect concern for the environment, evident in each of her books. In Outer Banks (1991), Colony (1992), Hill Towns (1993), Fault Lines (1995), Up Island (1997), Low Country (1998), and Off Season (2008), Siddons typically features characters from the South transplanted to unfamiliar settings. In Nora, Nora she returns to scenes of her earlier books set near Atlanta. Her two most recent novels, Islands (2004) and Sweetwater Creek (2005), are both set in the lowcountry of South Carolina.

Though many reviewers have compared Siddons's writing and subject matter to those of Margaret Mitchell, Siddons doesn't see her writings as romanticized, but rather realistic. "It's like an old marriage or a long marriage," she once said about her relationship with the South and its portrayal in her novels. "The commitment is absolute, but the romance has long since worn off.... I want to write about it as it really is."

Bibliography

The following titles may be found in the Hall of Fame Library:

Colony. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992.

Downtown. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1994.

Faultlines. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.

La Fissures. Paris: France Loisirs, 1997. Translator Francine Siety.

Fox's Earth. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.

Fox's Earth. London: Fontana , 1982.

La Georgienne. Paris: France Loisirs, 1989. Translator Jaques Martinache.

Heartbreak Hotel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976.

Hill Towns. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1993.

Homeplace. New York: Harper and Row, 1987.

The House Next Door. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978.

Islands. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2004.

John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993.

John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992.

Kings Oak. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1990.

Kings Oak. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 1991.

Kings Oak. London: Fontana , 1992.

Low Country. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1993.

Nora, Nora. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2000.

Off Season. New York: Grand Central, 2008.

Outerbanks. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.

Outerbanks. New York: Harper Collins Paperbacks, 1992.

Peachtree Road. New York: Harper and Row, 1988.

Peachtree Road. Atlanta: Old New York Book Shop and Press, 1988.

Peachtree Road. London: MacMillan London , 1989.

Peachtree Road. New York: Ballentine Books, 1989.

Peachtree Road. London: Pan Books, 1990.

Reencuentro. Buenos Aires: Emece, 1993. Translator: Constanza Fantin de Bellocq.

Strasse der Pfirsichbluten. Munich: Goldmann Verlag, 1993. Translator: Gabriele Dick.

Sweetwater Creek. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2005.

Tausend Sommer. Munich: Goldmann Verlag, 1994.

Up Island. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1997.

Veranos Apacibles. Barcelona: Emece, 1997. Translator: Constanza Fantin de Ballocq

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Anne Rivers Siddons
INDUCTEE: 2007

Born: July 9, 1936
Atlanta, Georgia

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