The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 9, No. 1

Travelin Man

by Peter Matthiessen

Travelin' Man


Originally published in 1957, one month after the desegregation of the Montgomery bus system, two weeks after the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Peter Matthiessen's iconic narrative grounds the racial strife of that era in the piedmont silt of the Carolina coast, and the story of a black man on the run. "Travelin' Man" inspired the Luis Buñuel film The Young One.

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