Tito Perdue was born in 1938 in Chile to American parents with deep Southern roots. His family moved back to the United States at the outbreak of the Second World War, settling in Alabama. He took degrees in English literature, European history, and library science. He worked in the Midwest and Northeast as a bookkeeper, a library administrator, and an insurance underwriter. In 1982, he took an early retirement and returned to the South to write full-time, which he has done ever since. Perdue's first novel, Lee, was published in 1991, to widely positive reviews. His next two novels, The New Austerities and Opportunities in Alabama Agriculture, appeared in 1994; The Sweet-Scented Manuscript appeared in 2004, followed by Fields of Asphodelin 2007; The Node came out in 2011 from Nine-Banded Books; Morning Crafts came out in 2012 from Arktos; and Reuben came out in 2014 from Radix.
Delivered to the H. L. Mencken Club, November 1, 2013
About two years ago, when I was still very young, I bumped into a copy of the abridged version of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of History, wherein he tried to establish a taxonomy of civilizations, Read more …
Thirteen-year-old Leland Pefley was minding his own business, enjoying a day’s fishing near his father’s farm in Tennessee, when the odd, well-dressed and well-spoken man from the city appeared, inviting Lee to accompany him to a more interesting place.