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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for November 7-13, 2003

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

1901: Educator and translator Olga McCants was born in Magnolia, Mississippi. (Nov. 10)

1903: French professor Edward A. Jones was born in Indianola, Mississippi. (Nov. 10)

1914: Historian and memoirist Frank Bogart was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (Nov. 11)

1920: English professor William R. Seat, Jr., was born in Lexington, Mississippi. (Nov. 9)

1924: Tennessee Williams’ first story, “Isolated,” was published in Junior Life, a bi-weekly newspaper of Blewett Junior High School in St. Louis, Missouri. (Nov. 7)

1925: Baptist minister John Warren Steen, Jr., was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Nov. 9)

1926: Accountant James Don Edwards was born in Ellisville, Mississippi. (Nov. 12)

1931: French professor H. Gaston Hall was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Nov. 7)

1931: Historian Polly Ann Davis was born in Pittsboro, Mississippi. (Nov. 11)

1931: Historian Winthrop Jordan was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Nov. 11)

1935: Dean Faulkner, father of Dean Faulkner Wells and youngest brother of Murry Falkner, John Faulkner, and William Faulkner, was killed in a plane crash. (Nov. 10)

1936: William Faulkner published “The Unvanquished” in the Saturday Evening Post. (Nov. 14)

1937: Six photographs by Eudora Welty appeared in Life magazine. (Nov. 8)

1940: Historian Jane F. Lancaster was born in Hamilton, Mississippi. (Nov. 7)

1940: Writer and former police officer Diane Patricia Muro was born in Tylertown, Mississippi. (Nov. 10)

1941: A Curtain of Green by Eudora Welty was published by Doubleday in New York. (Nov. 7)

1942: Historian Frederick F. Travis was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi. (Nov. 10)

1942: Eudora Welty won a $300 O. Henry Memorial Prize for her short story “The Wide Net” published by Harper’s Magazine. (Nov. 13)

1946: Walker Percy, aged 30, married Mary Bernice Townsend. (Nov. 7)

1950: William Faulkner was notified that he had won the Nobel Prize for literature. (Nov. 8)

1959: The Mansion, a novel by William Faulkner and volume three of the Snopes trilogy, was published by Random House. (Nov. 13)

1960: Period of Adjustment High Point over a Cavern, by Tennessee Williams, opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York to “respectful but tepid reviews.” (Nov. 10)

1970: Writer and activist Rebecca Walker was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (Nov. 11)

1981: Novelist, playwright, and film-maker Edwin Corley died of a heart attack in Gulfport, Mississippi. (Nov. 7)

1983: Theologian and philosopher James Brown died. (Nov. 7)

1990: Novelist and journalist Elliott Chaze died following a brief illness in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Nov. 11)

1997: Writer and University of Mississippi Professor William R. Ferris was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Nov. 9)

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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