The following events all happened during these three weeks in Mississippi
Year: 1700: Iberville returned to Fort Maurepas, named Biloxi
by the settlers, with more settlers and an appointment for Sauvolle as
governor. (Jan. 6)
1700: Henry de Tonty arrives at Biloxi from upriver to help with
the building of the settlements and fortifications. With his arrival,
the two French colonies on the North American continent are linked for
the first time. (Jan. 16)
1939:The Wild Palms, a novel by William
Faulkner, was published by Random House. Faulkners original
title for the book, If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, was changed at
the request of the publisher. (Jan. 19)
Percys second cousin (and guardian) William
Alexander Percy died in Greenville, Mississippi, from a stroke.
Later that year, Walker would begin a three-year bout with tuberculosis.
1946: Author John
A. Williams was discharged from the U.S. Navy after having been
one of the first blacks to be admitted to the hospital corps during World
War II. (Jan. 4)
1946: It is announced that Richard
Wrights Black Boy has sold 195,000 copies in the
Harper trade edition and 351,000 through the Book of the Month Club, making
it the fourth best-selling nonfiction title for 1945. (Jan. 19)
1954:The Ponder Heart by Eudora
Welty was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company. (Jan. 7)
Faulkner arrives in Rome after visiting England, France, and Switzerland.
He is working on Land of the Pharaohs for Howard Hawks. (Jan. 19)
1958: Two plays by Tennessee
Williams,Suddenly Last Summer and Something Unspoken,
opened under the collective title Garden District (after their
shared New Orleans locale) Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in New York.
Young died in New York. He was buried in Friendship Cemetery in
Como, Mississippi. (Jan. 6)
1963:The Milk Train Doesnt Stop Here Anymore by
Williams opened on Broadway. The play closes after 69 performances.
1979:A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer by Tennessee
Williams opened off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New
York. It performs only 36 times. (Jan. 17)
Deal died of a heart attack in Sarasota, Florida.. (Jan. 22)
1989: Photographs by Eudora
Welty, with a foreword by Reynolds Price, was published by the
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson. (Jan. 6)
The widower of Nancy Watson Faulkner, he
was a retired architect and contractor with Faulkner Construction, and lectured
throughout the United States on the life and times of his uncle, William
He served with the U.S. Marines during
World War II and the Korean Conflict before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
For his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the World War
II Victory Ribbon, and the Pacific Theatre Ribbon. He was a member of St.
Peters Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his daughter, Meg Faulkner
Du Chaine of Oxford; two sons, James Murry Faulkner Jr. of Jackson and Thomas
Wesley Faulkner of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; a brother, M. C. Chooky
Falkner of Oxford; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American
A memorial service titled The Burial
of the Dead: A Celebration of the Life of James Murry Jimmy Faulkner,
July 18, 1923 - December 24, 2001, took place at St. Peters Episcopal
Church in Oxford on Thursday, December 27, 2001, with the Rev. Wilson Webb
officiating. He was buried in St. Peters Cemetery in Oxford.
Historian Ambrose sorry for copying phrases
January 6, 2002
NEW YORK (AP) Historian Stephen
Ambrose has acknowledged that sentences and phrases in his new book The
Wild Blue were copied from a work by another historian.
Ambrose was accused of plagiarism by Fred Barnes,
the executive editor of The Weekly
Standard, in a column in the magazines Jan. 14 issue. Barnes charged
that Ambrose borrowed passages from The Wings of Morning by historian
Thomas Childers, published in 1995.
Ambrose footnotes Childers in the sections in
question, but does not acknowledge quoting directly from the book, Barnes said.
Both books are about World War II bomber pilots.
In a statement issued Saturday (Jan. 5) through
his publisher, the Simon & Schuster division of Viacom, Ambrose said, Dr.
Childers is correct. I made a mistake for which I am sorry. It will be corrected
in future editions of the book.
Childers, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania,
told The New York Times for Sunday editions, I think it is a classy
thing to do, and I appreciate it.
The two books have several similar passages,
according to Barnes. For example, Childers wrote about ball turret gunners:
It was the most physically uncomfortable, isolated, and terrifying position
on the ship. The gunner climbed into the ball, pulled the hatch closed, and
was then lowered into position.
A section in Ambroses book, focusing on
former Sen. George McGovern, reads: The ball turret was, as McGovern said,
the most physically uncomfortable, isolated, and terrifying position on the
plane. The gunner climbed into the ball, pulled the hatch closed and was then
lowered into position.
Ambrose, a professor emeritus at the University
of New Orleans, is the author of more than 25 books. One of his books, Band
of Brothers, was made into a television miniseries.
Forbes.com reported Wednesday that two more
books by the best-selling historian, Citizen Soldiers and part three
of his Richard Nixon trilogy, contain passages similar to those in other texts.
Four works by Ambrose are now under question.
The authors son and agent, Hugh Ambrose, declined to comment.
Victoria Meyer, a spokeswoman for his publisher,
Simon & Schuster, said any errors would be fixed.
If there are indeed additional passages
or sentences that are footnoted, but not in quotations marks when they should
have been, we will work with our author to make the necessary corrections,
Last weekend, Ambrose acknowledged that his
current best seller, The Wild Blue, included passages from Thomas Childers
Wings of Morning. Ambrose footnoted Childers in the sections in question
but did not acknowledge quoting directly from the book. Both books are about
World War II bomber pilots.
On Tuesday, Forbes.com reported Ambroses
Crazy Horse and Custer included passages close to Jay Monaghans
Custer. In Wednesdays editions of The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune,
Ambrose said: There are places where I used some of his words, and I should
have put quote marks around them.
Ambrose was unsure if his other books had similar
I dont know. Its a lot of
books, said Ambrose, author of more than 20 historical works, including
Undaunted Courage and Nothing Like It in the World.
In Citizen Soldiers, a World War II book
published in 1997, Ambrose includes an authors note that says he stole
material profitably if shamelessly from Joseph Balkoskis Beyond
the Beachhead, which came out in 1989. (Ambrose even wrote the foreword
to the paperback edition.)
The actual text includes material, without quotation
marks, that closely resembles the Balkoski book.
In Citizen Soldiers, Ambrose writes:
Men from the 3rd Battalion draped the body with the Stars and
Stripes and hoisted it on top of a huge pile of stones that once had been a
wall in the Saint Croix Church, a block from the cemetery. Howies body
remained on display through the next day, July 19. GIs and some of the few civilians
remaining in the town adorned the site with flowers.
The next morning, the 29ers draped the body with the Stars
and Stripes and hoisted it on top of a huge pile of stones that once had been
a wall of Sainte Croix Church, one block west of the cemetery. The body remained
on display throughout July 19. The 29ers and some of the few civilians remaining
in the city adorned the site with flowers.
Allegations of plagiarism in history books
are nothing new. Alex Haley acknowledged he had lifted material for Roots,
his 1970s best seller. More recently, Atlantic Monthly Press canceled distribution
of the biography I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight: A Life of John Paul Jones,
after author James Mackay was found to have been accused of plagiarism in Scotland.
But neither Haley nor Mackay were professional
historians like Ambrose, and notable instances of plagiarism within the field
are relatively rare. Since 1993, only 14 cases have been accepted for full review
by the American Historical Association.
I dont think its very prevalent,
said Eric Foner, a professer of history at Columbia University and author of
the acclaimed Reconstruction.
Foner did say hes had students commit
the same error Ambrose acknowledged: footnoting a source but failing to note
a direct quotation.
Ive had to tell them that a footnote
does not solve the problem of using someone elses work, Foner said.
Historians are not questioning Ambroses
integrity. They believe Ambrose might have so internalized his source material
he unconsciously replicated it, or that the problem originates with his team
of research assistants. Ambrose is also highly prolific, increasing the chance
I dont see anything malicious,
Foner said. I think what happens is a sloppiness which derives from speed.
You kind of throw things together and you lose sight of the difference between
your language and someone else's language.
Progress continues toward erecting
civil rights monument on University of Mississippi campus
UNIVERSITY, Miss. An idea by students
in 1995 for a civil rights monument on the University of Mississippi-Oxford
campus took a step closer to reality Friday as a national panel of jurors considered
artists for the project here.
What we are doing today is the right thing,
Dr. Gerald W. Walton, provost emeritus, said to art experts who were meeting
in the historic Lyceum Building. The group is on campus through Saturday to
review applications from artists across America who want to design a monument
to be located in the heart of the campus, where violence broke out in 1962 over
attempts to admit a black man, James
More than 125 applications to design the privately-funded
memorial have been received. The art panel will pare that number to five, who
then will present models of proposals for consideration this spring.
UM Chancellor Robert Khayat presided over a
morning orientation in which former and current faculty members, as well as
an Oxford religious leader, talked about their experiences with civil rights
events on and off the Oxford campus.
We see the future in a very bright way,
Khayat said. We are committed to respect for the dignity of every individual,
and this memorial will add to that commitment.
Dr. Edward Linenthal, a professor of religion
and American culture at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will meet with
the jurors at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 12) at Square Books in downtown Oxford
and talk about his work advising on the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. The
public is invited.
In 1995, organized discussions about establishment
of a memorial began on campus involving students, faculty, administrators, staff
and Oxford community members.
Now a former student, John T. Edge remains on
campus today affiliated with the Center
for the Study of Southern Culture. He welcomed the jurors and expressed
delight at seeing this effort coming to fruition. I am excited that we
are so close to seeing this idea become reality, and I am looking forward to
seeing what designs come from the outstanding artists who will be involved.
Installation of the artwork is scheduled for
Announcement of the art finalists is expected
soon. The winning design is to be revealed in late September, when the University
begins observance of the 40th anniversary of its integration.
Jurors considering artists applications
are Rene Paul Barilleaux, chief curator of the Mississippi Museum of Art in
Jackson; Annette DeMeo Carlozzi, curator of The University of Texas at Austin's
Blanton Museum of Art; Randy Hayes, a Jackson native and nationally-known artist
whose work includes public art in the Seattle Center; Barbara Andrews, curator
of the National Civil Rights Musuem in Memphis; and Harriet Sanford, president
and CEO of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, W. Va.
The public is invited to observe the jurying
process in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory, which houses the Center for
the Study of Southern Culture.
For more information or to make a donation to
the project, contact the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at 661-915-5993
or by e-mail to: email@example.com.
2002 William Faulkner Short Fiction Contest
NEW ALBANY, Miss. As the birthplace
of William Faulkner, what
better place to offer a short fiction writing competition than the Tallahatchie
RiverFest in New Albany, Mississippi?
On September 27-28, 2002, the arts will be
celebrated in New Albany. The contest for an original, unpublished work of
short fiction (up to 5,000 words) is open to adults 19 years of age of older.
There is a $10 entry fee for each work submitted.
Entries must be postmarked no later than July
1, 2002, and should include a cover sheet, three copies of the manuscript,
and a copy of the work on disk.
Winners will receive $500 for first place
and $250 for second place. Winners will be announced during the RiverFest
on September 27, 2002. If winner is in attendance, he or she will be recognized
and given the opportunity to read from the work.
Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway knew just how to write a clean, well-lighted
sentence or a paragraph full of sound and fury — but do you? Now’s your chance
to find out in Hemispheres’
renowned literary parody contests, the Faux Faulkner and Imitation Hemingway
For the Faux Faulkner contest, if your entry
best captures the sound and the fury of Faulkner, you receive two tickets
on United Airlines to Memphis, Tennessee, for the 2002 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha
Conference in Oxford, Mississippi (where you read your entry), a rental car,
five nights’ lodging at the University of Mississippi Alumni House, and your
winning entry is published in the July issue of Hemispheres magazine.
Entries (up to 500 words, typed, double-spaced)
must be received via mail, e-mail, or fax by March 1, 2002. Entries should
be sent to The Faulkner Newsletter, PO Box 248, Oxford, MS 38655, Tel and
Fax: 662-234-0909, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or to view past winners
of both the Faux Faulkner and the Imitation Hemingway contests, visit the
magazine web site.
Do you have a news item about a Mississippi writer? Please send your
information to email@example.com.
AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings,
Jan. 22: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.
Rebecca Walker, daughter of acclaimed writer Alice Walker, will discuss
and sign copies of her autobiography Black White and Jewish: Autobiography
of a Shifting Self.
Jan. 22: Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 7:30 p.m. Nevada
Barr and Greg
Iles present a reading and discussion service at the Gertrude C.
Ford Academic Complex. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students. For more
information, call (601) 974-1043.
Jan. 23: Lemuria, 202 Banner Hall, Jackson, Mississippi, 5:30 p.m.
Robert Inman signs and reads from his newest novel, Captain Saturday.
Signing at 5:30, reading at 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 24: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.
Robert Inman comes to Square Books to read from his newest novel, Captain
Saturday. Inman is the author of three previous novels: Home
Fires Burning, Old Dogs and Children, and Dairy Queen Days.
Jan. 26: Grand Village, Natchez, Mississippi, 2:00 p.m. Eleventh Moon Storytelling. For more information, call (601) 446-6502.
If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi
writers, please let us know by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON THE HORIZON
The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You
may want to begin planning to attend or participate.
March 21, 2002 Clinton, Mississippi, resident Nevada
Barr will return to Square Books in Oxford this time on Thacker
Mountain Radio, with her newest novel, Hunting Season. Its
the tenth book in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna investigates the murder
of a man at a Natchez Trace tourist spot. The show starts at 5:30 p.m.
March 27, 2002 Edward
Cohen returns to Square Books in Oxford to read from his book The
Peddlers Grandson: Growing Up in Jewish in Mississippi. 5
April 5, 2002 Richard
Ford returns to Square Books in Oxford with a new collection of
short stories, A Multitude of Sins. 5 p.m.
The Ninth Oxford Conference for the Book April 11-14, 2002
The University of Mississippi and Oxford, Mississippi
Check back for registration information.
Interhostel: Views from the South: Literature, History, and
April 21-26, 2002
E. F. Yerby Conference Center, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
Short-term academic program for individuals 50 and older (with accompanying
spouses or adult companions of any age). Sponsored by the Institute
for Continuing Studies. Fee: $845 (includes five nights hotel accommodations,
meals, classes and extracurricular activities). Sponsored by: UM Institute
for Continuing Studies. For more information, please contact: Lynne
Geller at 662-915-7282; or email: email@example.com
The 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference:
Faulkner and His Contemporaries
July 21-26, 2002
The University of Mississippi, Oxford
Information on registration is forthcoming.
If you know of additional news items for this newsletter or if you
have suggestions, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about events in the Oxford and University, Mississippi
Community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar: www.olemiss.edu/calendar/