Welcome to the Augusta Evans Wilson online museum, intended as an educational and entertaining look at a woman who grew up on the Georgia and Texas frontier, became one of the most popular American novelists of the nineteenth century, was an arch-Confederate and propagandist for the Southern cause, and was a leading postwar figure in her home city of Mobile Alabama. Her novel St. Elmo was the Gone with the Wind of its day and partly inspired the latter book. Some say the darker tone in Wilson’s postwar novels are a harbinger of Southern Gothic literature to come. Feminist critics see importance in her strong, independent heroines pursuing their own ambitions before marriage.
The site includes twenty-five video clips with scholars and commentators of Southern culture and women’s literature. These segments answer frequently asked questions about Augusta and discuss her life and work, beginning with clips about her life on the frontier, her early success as a novelist, her experience in the Civil War, her blockbuster novel St. Elmo and the darker South her later novels portrayed, and her status as a public figure in postwar Mobile. Also on the site is a photo gallery, exhibits, and articles which can be read or downloaded, suggestions for further reading and, to come, a full version of the film The Passion of Miss Augusta.
This website and the accompanying film were made possible by a matching grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; and grants from the A.S. Mitchell Foundation; Ben May Charitable Trust; Daniel Foundation of Alabama; C.D. Helen and Jeff Glaze Foundation; J.L. Bedsole Foundation; Monte Moorer Foundation; Erie Hall Meyer Fund in memory of Mrs. Erie Meyer, and the Hearin Chandler Foundation.
The website and film are a co-production of the Mobile Public Library and the Foundation for New Media, Inc. Project director is Nancy Anlage. The film's producer and director is Robert Clem, who also designed the website and edited the video on the site. Special thanks to all invidual contributors who helped make this all possible. All content copyright 2013 Foundation for New Media Inc.