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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for October 17-23, 2003

In this issue:


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


1820: In the Treaty of Doak's Stand, the Choctaw ceded 5.5 million acres of their land to the United States. (Oct. 18)

1832: On behalf of the Chickasaws, King Ishtehotopah signed the Treaty of Pontotoc in which the Chickasaw ceded all their lands east of the Mississippi River and agreed to relocate to Oklahoma, thus opening northern Mississippi to white settlers. (Oct. 20)

1848: Southwestern humorist Alexander G. McNutt died in DeSoto County, Mississippi, while on a political campaign. (Oct. 22)

1910: Writer Emily Van Sickle was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Oct. 23)

1919: English professor and biographer Thomas Daniel Young was born in Louisville, Mississippi. (Oct. 22)

1925: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dumas Malone married Elisabeth Gifford. (Oct. 17)

1928: Historian Lerone Bennett was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. (Oct. 17)

1929: Writer Jere Hoar was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee. (Oct. 23)

1931: Novelist, playwright, and film-maker Edwin Corley was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. (Oct. 22)

1935: Poet Ahmos Zu-Bolton, II was born in Poplarville, Mississippi. (Oct. 21)

1936: English professor Thomas McHaney was born in Paragould, Arkansas. (Oct. 17)

1938: Story magazine rejected Eudora Welty’s short story “Why I Live at the P.O.” More rejections followed from New Yorker, Collier’s, Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Mademoiselle, and Harper’s Magazine. (Oct. 20)

1942: Eudora Welty’s The Robber Bridegroom was published by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York. (Oct. 23)

1944: Poet, photographer, and editor Alice Rose George was born in Lawrence County, Mississippi. (Oct. 23)

1955: Oral historian John Griffin Jones was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Oct. 18)

1957: Place in Fiction by Eudora Welty was published by House of Books, Ltd., New York. (Oct. 17)

1961: Novelist Lee Durkee was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Oct. 19)

1986: English professor Clyde Samuel Kilby died in Columbus, Mississippi. (Oct. 18)

AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

October 27-Feb. 29, 2004: National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Passionate Observer: Photographs by Eudora Welty, highlighting over 50 of Welty’s black-and-white photographs from the 1930s, will be exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. For more details, visit the museum web site 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.

February 12, 2004

Reading and lecture by Richard Ford. 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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