Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
— Describing Market Square in the postwar 1940's in his novel "Bijou" (1974) —
Lucius enjoyed passing through the ancient three-storey, block-long, brick Market House, its arched ceiling looming over them, a line of rough little tables running down the spine of the building where country women sold eggs, shelled walnuts, jams, and honey. Permanent butcher and flower and fruit stalls and restaurants and lunch counters along each side. They walked along the sidewalks flanking the Market House where produce and flower trucks, mostly canvas-covered Ford pickups of the thirties, were parked, backed up to the curbs, their overladen tailgates hanging heavy, the country folks standing ready to sack up some pole beans or okra. The police loved to park at each end of the Market House, where the ornate fountains attached to the sooty brick walls were dry.
Up one side and down the other of Market Square, past the stones--and the Ritz and the Jewel and the vegetable and flower trucks lining the curbs. And through the enormous cave of the Market House, up one side and down the other. Lucius had to argue to make Duke stop long enough for him to buy some good ol' country butter with an eagle imprint made by a wooden imprint the old lady, her hand stained from shelling walnuts, showed him, letting him touch and smell Mammy's origins in the mountains. But Duke said he wouldn't walk with Lucius if he bought a big mayonnaise jar of fresh churned buttermilk to carry back home.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features.
Location. 35° 57.931′ N, 83° 55.185′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from Wall Avenue west of Strong Street. Marker is in Market Square, north of the center of the square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Market Square, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Agee (a few steps from this marker); Cormac McCarthy (a few steps from this marker); Elvis Presley (within shouting distance of this marker); Knoxville's Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Birdwell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Market House Bell (about 300 feet away); Krutch Park (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Also see . . .
1. David Madden (novelist). Wikipedia article (Submitted on May 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Bijou. Kirkus review of Bijou. (Submitted on May 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on May 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.