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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for December 26, 2003-January 1, 2004

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

1843: Prentiss Ingraham, author of several hundred dime novels, as well as a number of plays, articles, and poems, was born near Natchez, Mississippi. (Dec. 28)

1912: Historian Lilian Baker Carlisle was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (Jan. 1)

1914: Actress Doris Johnson, who published a collection of letters written by her husband, film writer and journalist Nunnally Johnson, was born in Mississippi. (Dec. 27)

1923: Photographer and documentarian Florence L. Mars was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. (Jan. 1)

1927: Art critic Barbara Cortright was born in Oxford, Mississippi. (Dec. 29)

1938: Tennessee Williams arrived in New Orleans, where he soon found a small room in the French Quarter at 431 Royal Street, where he would live until spring 1939, and began calling himself “Tennessee.” (Dec. 29)

1939: Poet James Seay was born in Panola County, Mississippi. (Jan. 1)

1940: Battle of Angels by Tennessee Williams premiered in Boston, starring Miriam Hopkins. It bombed. (Dec. 30)

1941: Writer and educator Otha Richard Sullivan was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Dec. 28)

1943: Psychologist Bryce Britton was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Jan. 1)

1944: Tennessee Williamss play The Glass Menagerie opened in Chicago, starring Laurette Taylor. It was greeted by rave reviews but sparse audiences attended. (Dec. 26)

1950: The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams premiered at the Erlanger Theatre in Chicago. (Dec. 29)

1950: Short Stories by Eudora Welty was published by Harcourt, Brace, & Company, New York. (Jan. 1)

1955: Novelist and outdoor writer Ernest Herndon was born in Memphis, Tennessee. (Dec. 29)

1958: Period of Adjustment High Point over a Cavern by Tennessee Williams opened at Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami. (Dec. 29)

1960: William Faulkner willed his manuscripts to the William Faulkner Foundation. (Dec. 28)

1961: Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams opened at the Royale Theatre in New York. (Dec. 28)

1971: Journalist and editor P. D. East died. (Dec. 31)

1974: A Pageant of Birds by Eudora Welty was published by Albondocani Press, New York. (Dec. 31)

1982: The Wake of Jamey Foster, a play by Beth Henley, opened in its first staged production at the Hartford Stage Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. The play would open on Broadway later that year. (Jan. 1)

1986: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dumas Malone died after a brief illness in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Dec. 27)

1991: Historian John K. Betterworth died in Starkville, Mississippi. (Dec. 31)

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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