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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for October 31-November 6, 2003

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

1848: The University of Mississippi opened its first semester of classes, with a class consisting of 79 Mississippians and one Tennessean. The first university president was George Frederick Holmes, a 28-year-old who would remain in office for only five months. (Nov. 6)

1900: English professor Walter Fuller Taylor was born in Clinton, Mississippi. (Nov. 1)

1903: Psychologist and historian Zed H. Burns was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Nov. 3)

1915: Educator Jewel Goodgame Varnado was born in Collins, Mississippi. (Nov. 3)

1916: Novelist and poet Charles G. Bell was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (Oct. 31)

1918: Medical writer and historian John F. Stegeman was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. (Nov. 6)

1919: English professor Gwin Jackson Kolb was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi. (Nov. 2)

1919: Psychologist John Calvin Glidewell was born in Okolona, Mississippi. (Nov. 5)

1921: Historian Otis Arnold Singletary, Jr. was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. (Oct. 31)

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

1926: Theologian James Earl Sellers was born in Lucedale, Mississippi. (Nov. 1)

1934: William Faulkner published the short story “Raid” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Nov. 2)

1938: English professor and poet Robert W. Hamblin was born in Jericho (Union County), Mississippi. (Nov. 5)

1939: William Faulkner published “Hands upon the Waters” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Nov. 4)

1941: Novelist Jessie Rosenberg was born in Greenville, Mississippi. (Nov. 1)

1943: Writer Linda Peavy was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Nov. 5)

1944: Fiction writer Karen Beth Luckett was born in Canton, Mississippi. (Nov. 1)

1947: Poet and educator Rose Parkman Davis was born in Silver Creek, Mississippi. (Nov. 2)

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)

1965: Historian William Leo Hansberry died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Chicago, Illinois. (Nov. 3)

1974: Tennessee Williams’ play Battle of Angels opened at Circle Theatre in New York, 34 years after its Boston premiere. (Nov. 2)

1980: Journalist and editor George W. Healy, Jr., died. (Nov. 2)

1981: Crimes of the Heart, a play by Beth Henley, premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre. The play would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1981. (Nov. 4)

1999: Psychologist Sarah Harman Broman died after a stroke near Washington, D.C. (Nov. 2)

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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