Quotation by Dorothy Allison

My family's lives were not on television, not in books, not even comic books. There was a myth of the poor in this country, but it did not include us, no matter how hard I tried to squeeze us in. There was an idea of the good poor—hard-working, ragged but clean, and intrinsically honorable. I understood that we were the bad poor ...
Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 2 (1994).

Allison described her poor, violence-ridden Southern childhood in her well-received autobiographical novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992).
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