Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for
Nov. 8-14, 2001.
In this issue:
THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY
The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.
1926: James Don Edwards was born in Ellisville, Mississippi.
Jordan was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Nov. 11)
1935: Dean Faulkner, father of Dean
Faulkner Wells and youngest brother of Murry
Faulkner, and William
Faulkner, was killed in a plane crash. (Nov. 10)
Faulkner published The Unvanquished in the Saturday
Evening Post. (Nov. 14)
1937: Six photographs by Eudora
Welty appeared in Life magazine. (Nov. 8)
Welty won a $300 O. Henry Memorial Prize for her short story The
Wide Net published by Harpers Magazine. (Nov. 13)
Faulkner was notified that he had won the Nobel Prize for literature.
1959: The Mansion, a novel by William
Faulkner and volume three of the Snopes trilogy, was published
by Random House. (Nov. 13)
1960: Period of Adjustment High Point over a Cavern, by
Williams, opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York to respectful
but tepid reviews. (Nov. 10)
1997: Writer and University of Mississippi Professor William
R. Ferris was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairman
of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
NEWS about MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
Germantown Arts Alliance honors Charles Reagan Wilson, director of
the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi
Charles Reagan Wilson, director of the University of Mississippi’s
Center for the Study of Southern Culture, has been honored by the Tennessee-based
Germantown Arts Alliance for significant contributions to the arts. Cited
for his work in literature, Wilson was among five recipients of the Alliance’s
2001 Arts and Humanities Medal for Outstanding Achievement.
Katherine Bell, Alliance administrator, said the nominating committee
was impressed with Wilson’s literary contributions, most notably his work
as co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, (University
of North Carolina Press, 1989). “The award honors his vision, dedication
and devotion to excellence,” Bell said. He was also cited for his other
published works, Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from
Faulkner to Elvis (University of Georgia Press, 1995) and Baptized
in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 (University of
Georgia Press, 1980).
“I am very honored and pleased to receive the Arts and Humanities Award,”
Wilson said. “The contemporary South is undergoing an artistic and cultural
renaissance, and institutions like the Germantown Arts Alliance play an
important role in nurturing cultural life. To be recognized by them is
reassuring that my work and that of the Center for the Study of Southern
Culture are parts of a larger story.”
Wilson has taught at the University of Mississippi since 1981 and has
been adviser of the graduate program in Southern studies. Under his leadership
in 1999, the UM Center — founded in 1977 — received a landmark $50,000
planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, designating
it as one of only 16 in the nation to receive the award and to take part
in its new Initiative for Regional Humanities Centers program. The grant
may lead to the UM Center’s being designated one of only 10 major American
humanities centers devoted to the study of the nation’s regions.
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"Call for Papers: Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha 2002, 'Faulkner
and His Contemporaries' "
The Department of English and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
have announced a call for papers for the 2002 Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha
Conference, to be held at the University of Mississippi from July 21-26,
2002. The deadline for submissions of plenary papers (approximately 6,000
words) and short papers (approximately 2,500 words) is January 15, 2002.
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NEW FEATURES in the MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
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AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings,
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ON THE HORIZON
The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You
may want to begin planning to attend or participate.
The Ninth Oxford Conference for the Book
April 11-14, 2002
The University of Mississippi and Oxford, Mississippi
Check back for registration information.
The 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference:
"Faulkner and His Contemporaries"
July 21-26, 2002
The University of Mississippi, Oxford
Information on registration will be available in early 2002.
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