Some call this distinguished private school “Sewanee,” while others refer to it as the University of the South. The school is owned by 28 southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church. Its School of Theology serves as an official seminary of the church. The campus, often called “The Mountain,” or “The Domain,” is situated among 13,000 acres of panoramic mountain land atop the Cumberland Plateau, between Nashville and Chattanooga.
The University of the South is an independent liberal arts college, consistently ranked among the nation's top schools. Long known for its literary associations, the university’s School of Letters offers advanced degrees in American Literature and Creative Writing. The Sewanee Review, founded in 1892, is America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly, and helped launch the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, held in summer.
Playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Tennessee Williams left his literary rights to the University of the South in 1983. The royalties from the rights have been instrumental in the creation of the Tennessee Williams Center, a performance venue and teaching facility, as well as instituting the Tennessee Williams teaching fellowships. The teaching fellowships attract well-known arts figures to the campus.
Sewanee has been residence to such authors as Allen Tate, Andrew Lytle and William Alexander Percy.
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