DEMOREST, Ga., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The name Lillian E. Smith may not conjure up the same memories as Selma, Alabama, and the March on Washington. But before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, this former teacher and girl's camp director in Clayton, Georgia, was shining a light on the evils of segregation and white supremacy in the heart of the Jim Crow South.Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161130/444436 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161130/444435 An astute chronicler of Southern life, Smith's contributions to social justice are remembered in a new book called "A Lillian Smith Reader," which gathers more than 50 selections from her letters, columns, magazine articles, and books into a single volume. Published by the University of Georgia Press, the book was edited by Dr. Margaret Rose Gladney, professor emerita of American Studies at the University of Alabama, and Dr. Lisa Hodgens, professor emerita of English at Piedmont College.Smith's first novel, "Strange Fruit," burst onto the literary scene in 1944. The national best-seller tells the tale of a mixed-race love affair in a small Georgia town of the 1920s that ends in violence and the lynching of an innocent man. Reviled in the South and banned in cities from Boston to Detroit, the book even earned the wrath of the U.S. Post Office, which refused to deliver it until Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly urged F.D.R. to intercede.