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On This Day in Mississippi Literary History:

Nov. 1

1900: English professor Walter Fuller Taylor was born in Clinton, Mississippi.

1926: Theologian James Earl Sellers was born in Lucedale, Mississippi.

1941: Novelist Jessie Rosenberg was born in Greenville, Mississippi.

1944: Fiction writer Karen Beth Luckett was born in Canton, Mississippi.

Nov. 2

1919: English professor Gwin Jackson Kolb was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi.

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

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

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

1980: Journalist and editor George W. Healy, Jr., died.

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

Nov. 3

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

1915: Educator Jewel Goodgame Varnado was born in Collins, Mississippi.

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

Nov. 4

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

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. 5

1889: Soldier, statesman, railroad-builder and writer William Clark Falkner was shot and killed by a former business partner in Ripley, Mississippi.

1919: Psychologist John Calvin Glidewell was born in Okolona, Mississippi.

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

1943: Writer Linda Peavy was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Nov. 6

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.

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

Nov. 7

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

1931: French professor H. Gaston Hall was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1940: Historian Jane F. Lancaster was born in Hamilton, Mississippi.

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

1946: Walker Percy, aged 30, married Mary Bernice Townsend.

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

1983: Theologian and philosopher James Brown died.

Nov. 8

1937: Six photographs by Eudora Welty appeared in Life magazine.

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

Nov. 9

1920: English professor William R. Seat, Jr., was born in Lexington, Mississippi.

1925: Baptist minister John Warren Steen, Jr., was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

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. 10

1901: Educator and translator Olga McCants was born in Magnolia, Mississippi.

1903: French professor Edward A. Jones was born in Indianola, Mississippi.

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.

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

1942: Historian Frederick F. Travis was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

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. 11

1914: Historian and memoirist Frank Bogart was born in Meridian, Mississippi.

1931: Historian Polly Ann Davis was born in Pittsboro, Mississippi.

1931: Historian Winthrop Jordan was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1970: Writer and activist Rebecca Walker was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

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

Nov. 12

1926: Accountant James Don Edwards was born in Ellisville, Mississippi.

Nov. 13

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

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

Nov. 14

1897: Speech professor Sara Lowrey was born in Blue Mountain, Mississippi.

1936: William Faulkner published “The Unvanquished” in the Saturday Evening Post.

1939: Scientist and environmentalist Claude E. Boyd was born in Hatley, Mississippi.

Nov. 15

1915: Novelist and journalist Elliott Chaze was born in Mamou, Louisiana.

1956: Historian Stephen Cresswell was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

Nov. 16

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Nov. 17

1916: Novelist and historian Shelby Foote was born in Greenville, Mississippi.

1948: Mystery and children’s literature writer Robert W. Walker was born in Corinth, Mississippi.

Nov. 18

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Nov. 19

1911: Novelist William Attaway was born in Greenville, Mississippi.

1917: Sociologist Lisa Lekis was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1932: Music professor Ben E. Bailey was born in Durant, Mississippi.

Nov. 20

1915: Religious writer Graham R. Hodges was born in Wesson, Mississippi.

1923: Fiction writer and English professor P. H. Lowrey was born in Verona, Mississippi.

Nov. 21

1909: Obstetrician-gynecologist Landrum Brewer Shettles was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi.

1925: Poet and fiction writer Robert Canzoneri was born in San Marcos, Texas.

1997: The Rainmaker, a film directed by Francis Coppola and based on the novel by John Grisham, premiered in the United States.

Nov. 22

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Nov. 23

1906: Law professor Myres Smith McDougal was born in Burton, Mississippi.

1940: William Faulkner published “Tomorrow” in the Saturday Evening Post.

1942: Historian Warner O. Moore was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.

1948: William Faulkner was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1976: Tennessee Williams’s The Eccentricities of a Nightingale opened on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre starring Betsy Palmer and David Selby.

Nov. 24

1932: Novelist and screenwriter Judith Paige Mitchell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1946: Historian Michael B. Ballard was born in Louisville, Mississippi.

1998: Minister Will Sessions died in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

2004: Author Larry Brown died of a heart attack at his home near Oxford, Mississippi, at the age of 53.

Nov. 25

1947: Mystery writer John M. Floyd was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

1951: Novelist Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi.

Nov. 26

1919: William Faulkner published “Landing in Luck” in the Mississippian, the student newspaper at the University of Mississippi.

1921: Journalist and editor P. D. East was born in Columbia, Mississippi.

1922: Thirteen-year-old Eudora Welty’s story “Soph’more Class” was published in Jackson Hi-Lite.

1957: William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun opened in London’s Royal Court Theatre.

Nov. 27

1913: Poet, historian, and Episcopal priest Ray Holder was born in Lucedale, Mississippi.

1949: William Faulkner published Knight’s Gambit.

1987: Psychologist and historian Zed H. Burns died in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Nov. 28

1729: Indians of the Natchez tribe attacked French settlers at Fort Rosalie, burning the fort and killing 138 men, 35 women, and 56 children. The Natchez revolt would spread throughout the area, with a massacre at Fort St. Pierre, overlooking the Yazoo River near present-day Redwood. The French eventually sent 1,400 men from New Orleans to drive them out of the Grand Village near Fort Rosalie; over the next two years they would lay siege to the Natchez, virtually destroying them as a nation.

1905: Poet and educator Eddie Gathings McNail was born in Prairie, Mississippi.

1936: English professor Walter Everett was born in Mississippi.

1942: Fiction writer and poet Sybil P. Estess was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

1942: English professor Roger Johnson was born in Columbus, Mississippi.

1960: Richard Wright died of a heart attack in Paris.

Nov. 29

1934: Willie Morris was born in Jackson, Mississippi; within half a year, the family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Nov. 30

1937: Tennessee Williams’s play The Fugitive Kind premiered with the Mummers of St. Louis, directed by Willard Holland.

1953: William Faulkner left for Paris to begin work on the movie Land of the Pharaohs for Howard Hawks.

1998: Poet Margaret Walker Alexander died of cancer in Chicago.