Frank Trippett was born
July 1, 1926, in Columbus, Mississippi, and grew up in Aberdeen,
Mississippi. He attended Mississippi College, Duke University, and
the University of Mississippi. Trippetts first job as a journalist
was with the Meridian (Mississippi) Star. He fell in love
with journalism, which he later called, that trade that was
designed in heaven for those of us who are unsuited for useful employment.
Trippett worked for the Fredericksburg (Virginia) Free Lance-Star,
and was the Capital Bureau Chief for the St. Petersburg (Florida)
Times before joining Newsweek
magazine as an associate editor in 1961. He was a senior editor
at Look magazine and a senior writer and essayist for Time
His writing won awards from the National
Headliner Club, the National Bar Association and the American Political
Science Association. Trippett is the author of the nonfiction books
The States, United They Fell (1967) and The First Horsemen
(1974), as well as the novel Child Ellen (1975). His
essays have been anthologized in numerous college writing textbooks.
His most recent book, Hymning & Hawing
About America (2000), published by Xlibris (www.xlibris.com),
is the first comprehensive collection of his essays. The subjects
of his essays range from politics and personalities to social conditions
and psychological phenomena. It is a brilliant look in the rear
view mirror at the American scene during the twentieth century.
Frank Trippett has been called one
of the really mind-blowing talents of his generation as a journalist,
essayist, and story teller.
Trippett and his wife Betty lived and raised
their four children in Larchmont, New York, until his death at the
age of 71 on June 18, 1998.
posted January 2002)
Links & Info
Child Ellen. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall,
The States: United They Fell. Cleveland: World Pub.
The First Horsemen. New York: Time-Life Books, 1974.
Hymning & hawing about America: A Few Symbol-Minded Essays.
Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2000.
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Sherwood Bonner, left
her husband Edward to earn her own way after it became clear he could not support
her or her daughter, Lilian.
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1935: Playwright and screenwriter Mart
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1939: Fiction writer Lewis
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1942: Medical doctor and writer John M. Smith was born in Laurel,
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