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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for July 5-11, 2002.

In this issue:


The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.


1870: Southwestern humorist Augustus Baldwin Longstreet died in Oxford, Mississippi, and was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery. (July 9)

1907: Educator and writer Chester E. Swor was born in Harrison County, Mississippi. (July 8)

1915: Poet Margaret Walker was born in Birmingham, Alabama. (July 7)

1918: William Faulkner reported to the Recruits’ Depot in Toronto after his acceptance by the Canadian Royal Air Force as a cadet. He entered active service the next day. (July 9)

1920: Presbyterian minister Jack L. Moore was born in DeKalb, Mississippi. (July 9)

1925: William Faulkner sailed for Europe from New Orleans with William Spratling. (July 7)

1929: Walker Percy’s father committed suicide. Percy was 13 years old at the time. (July 9)

1930: Historian Avarh E. Strickland was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (July 6)

1938: Mystery writer Dianne Day was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (July 5)

1944: Library scientist Barbara B. Moran was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (July 8)

1945: Theologian P. Kyle McCarter was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (July 9)

1947: Fiction writer Steve Barthelme was born in Houston, Texas. (July 7)

1947: Tennessee Williams’ play Summer and Smoke premiered at Theatre ’47 in Dallas, Texas. (July 8)

1948: William Faulkner sold the screen rights to Intruder in the Dust to MGM. (July 11)

1951: Fiction writer Larry Brown was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (July 9)

1962: William Faulkner entered the hospital in Byhalia, Mississippi. (July 5)

1962: William Faulkner died of a heart attack in the hospital at 1:30 a.m. in Byhalia, Mississippi. (July 6)

1962: William Faulkner was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford, Mississippi. (July 7)

1964: The New Yorker published Eudora Welty’s “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” Submitted June 26, 1964, it was published almost immediately. (July 6)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

July 21-26: 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference
“Faulkner and His Contemporaries”
The University of Mississippi, Oxford

Conference and registration information is now available on the web at the

If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi writers, please let us know by writing us at 


The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You may wish to begin planning now to attend or participate.

November 11, 2002

Poetry Reading by J. D. McClatchy, Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford.

February 6, 2003

U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2002) Billy Collins reads from his poetry and offers commentary on his work and other matters. Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

February 17, 2003

A reading by Clifton L. Taulbert on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

April 10-13, 2003

Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, Mississippi.

July 20-25, 2003

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

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