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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for June 20-26, 2003

In this issue:


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

1825: Southwestern humorist Henry Clay Lewis was born in Charleston, South Carolina. (June 26)

1897: Educator and author Charlemae Hill Rollins was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. (June 20)

1899: Writer Murry Falkner, brother of John and William Faulkner, was born in Ripley, Mississippi. (June 26)

1902: Historian John Percy Dyer was born in New Albany, Mississippi. (June 24)

1910: Musician and photographer Milt Hinton, also known as “The Judge” and hailed as the dean of jazz bassists, was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (June 23)

1914: Theologian Josiah G. Chatham was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (June 20)

1923: Historian George H. Thompson was born in Tylertown, Mississippi. (June 22)

1925: Writer John E. Gregg was born in Taylorsville, Mississippi. (June 26)

1928: Joseph Lewis Fant, III, an English professor at West Point and the editor of Faulkner at West Point, was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (June 23)

1929: William Faulkner married Lida Estelle Oldham Franklin in College Hill, Mississippi. (June 20)

1933: William Faulkner’s daughter, Jill, was born. (June 24)

1933: James Meredith, a civil rights activist and the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi, was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. (June 25)

1940: William Faulkner published “A Point of Law” in Colliers, a story he will later revise for inclusion in the novel Go Down, Moses. (June 22)

1948: Music from Spain by Eudora Welty was published by The Levee Press in Greenville, Mississippi. (June 23)

1964: The Eccentricities of a Nightingale by Tennessee Williams and starring Edie Adams premiered at Tappan Zee Playhouse in Nyak, New York. (June 25)

1964: Eudora Welty submitted her story “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” to The New Yorker. It would be published almost immediately in the July 6 issue. (June 26)

1965: Fiction writer P. H. Lowrey died. (June 24)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

July 20-24: The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Festival: “Faulkner and the Ecology of the South.” Information and registration forms available at

If you know of upcoming literary events by or about 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.

October 16, 2003

Elmore Leonard, author of more than 30 novels (including Bandits, Get Shorty, and Tishomingo Blues), numerous film and television productions, essays and commentaries, will read and talk about his career. For more information on Leonard, visit Elmore Leonard’s new book, When the Women Come Out to Dance, is to be published in November 2003. Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English at the University of Mississippi.

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For more information about events in the Oxford and University of Mississippi community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:

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