Patrick D. Smith
Patrick D. Smith was born
in Mendenhall, Mississippi, on October 8, 1927. He earned a B.A.
degree from the University of Mississippi in 1947 and an M.A. in
1959. He worked in public relations for several colleges and universities
in Mississippi until 1966, when he moved to Florida and became director
of public relations at Brevard Community College. He retired in
In his own words, Smiths books reflect
the plight of the underdogs in life. The River Is
Home focuses on swamp rats who lived along the Pearl
River in Mississippi and Louisiana at the beginning of the 20th
century, while The Beginning highlights the struggles of
poor whites and blacks in the South during the civil rights movements
in the 1960s.
After his move to Florida, Smiths
fictional focus likewise shifted. Forever Island and Allapattah
both feature the Seminole Indians struggling to cope with the modern
world, while Angel City zeroes in on virtual slavery among
modern-day migrant workers. Smith lived among the Seminoles and
in several migrant camps as part of his research prior to writing
His most recent work is The Last Ride,
which he co-wrote with Glen Pee Wee Mercer, a champion
bull-rider who was paralyzed in a bull-riding accident in 1995.
(Article first posted October
Links & Info
A biography, chronology, and book
reviews of Patrick D. Smith
are available on this
page from the Mississippi Writers and Musicians web site
at Starkville High School in Starkville, Miss.
- The River Is Home. Boston: Little, Brown, 1953.
- The Beginning. New York: Exposition, 1967.
- Forever Island. New York: Norton, 1973.
- Angel City. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Valkyrie Press,
- Allapattah. New York: Manor Books, 1979.
- A Land Remembered. New York: Penguin, 1984.
- (by Glen Pee Wee Mercer, with Patrick D. Smith.) The
Last Ride. Melbourne, Fla.: Sea Bird Publishing,
- Forever Island and Allapattah. Englewood,
Fla.: Pineapple Press, 1987.
- The River Is Home and Angel City. Englewood,
Fla.: Pineapple Press, 1989.
- Media Adaptations:
- Documentary Film:
- Visions of Nature: Patrick Smiths Florida. Florida
- Internet Resources
- Author Information:
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