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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for October 24-30, 2003

In this issue:


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

1795: The Treaty of San Lorenzo is signed, in which Spain turns over to the United States all its territory between the 31st parallel and the Yazoo River. (Oct. 27)

1801: In the Treaty of Chickasaw Bluffs, the Chickasaw granted the United States the right of way to build a road through their lands along the Natchez Trace. (Oct. 24)

1914: Historian W. Magruder Drake was born in Natchez, Mississippi. (Oct. 28)

1922: Science fiction/fantasy writer George Smith was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Oct. 27)

1924: William Faulkner resigned as postmaster for the University, Mississippi, post office. (Oct. 31)

1926: Theologian Roy L. Honeycutt, Jr. was born in Grenada, Mississippi. (Oct. 30)

1929: Poet and fiction writer Jean Todd Freeman was born in Lumberton, Mississippi. (Oct. 27)

1930: William Faulkner published “Red Leaves” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Oct. 25)

1936: Absalom, Absalom!, a novel by William Faulkner, was published by Random House. (Oct. 26)

1936: Historian Thomas S. Hines was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (Oct. 28)

1941: Biographer, lyricist, and freelance writer Ellis Nassour was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Oct. 25)

1942: English professor Alvin Sullivan was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi. (Oct. 24)

1942: English professor Ted L. Estess was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Oct. 29)

1948: Writer David Davis was born. (Oct. 29)

1951: William Faulkner received the Legion of Honor in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Oct. 26)

1953: William Faulkner returned to New York after leaving Oxford, Mississippi, the previous year (mid-November) to work on A Fable in Princeton and New York. He alternated between there and Oxford. (Oct. 31)

1954: Writer Jim Fraiser was born in New Orleans. (Oct. 27)

1960: The Graduation Dress, teleplay by William Faulkner and Joan Williams, was broadcast on General Electric Theatre. (Oct. 30)

1980: The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty was published by Harcourt, Brace, and Jovanovich, New York. (Oct. 29)

1997: Writers Donna Tartt and Anne Rice were the guests on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation radio show on the topic “Halloween: Gothic Literature.” (Oct. 30)

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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