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Mississippi Writer Anthologies

Antebellum Mississippi Stories
Edited by Robert L. Phillips
Jackson: Mississippi Library Commission, 1976.

An Anthology of Mississippi Writers
Edited by Noel E. Polk and James R. Scafidel
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1979.
A well-rounded anthology that features a number of less famous nineteenth-century Mississippi writers. Each entry includes a biographical headnote on the author, and most include a picture (photograph, painting, or in one case, a sculpture) of the writer. The appendix lists each writer's major publications and a brief list of secondary sources.

Mississippi Writers: An Anthology
Edited by Dorothy Abbott
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1991
A one-volume compilation of items published in the four-volume Reflections of Childhood and Youth, this anthology is an affordable alternative to the longer work. It includes a "Map of Literary Mississippi" and a list of twentieth-century Mississippi writers arranged by town or county. Like the four-volume edition, the book concludes with biographical sketches of all the writers featured in the anthology.

Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth
Four volumes: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Drama
Edited by Dorothy Abbott
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1985
This four-volume anthology features a wide range of writing and more than any other single work perhaps best exemplifies the variety and diversity of the works by Mississippi writers. The literary giants are well represented — Faulkner, Welty, Wright, Percy, Williams — but more important, perhaps, is the inclusion of works by writers who have not received the same acclaim or widespread distribution. In many instances, this anthology represents the only currently available book featuring these writers' works.

Mississippi Writers Talking
Interviewed and Edited by John Griffin Jones
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1982.
This two-volume set includes interviews with some of Mississippi's most acclaimed contemporary writers, including Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, Shelby Foote, Elizabeth Spencer, Barry Hannah, Beth Henley, Ellen Douglas, Willie Morris, Margaret Walker Alexander, James Whitehead, and Turner Cassity.

A Place Called Mississippi: Collected Narratives
Ed. Marion Barnwell
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997
Spanning more than 400 years of history, this collection of nonfiction narratives features a diverse look at what is today the state of Mississippi. The narratives range in style and content from the writings of early Spanish and French explorers to a modern magazine piece by Ellen Douglas written on the occasion of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Also included in the collection are several previously unpublished pieces.
You can read more about this book at the University Press of Mississippi web site.

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