A Mississippi Writer Timeline

A Compendium of Births, Deaths, Publications, Awards, and Other Events in Mississippi’s Literary History

Note: In most cases, timeline entries are added as articles on individual authors are added to this web site. The hyperlinks listed below connect to biographical and critical articles about that author. Articles on individual writers will continue to be added in the coming months. If an author’s name does not appear on this timeline or if it appears but is not a hyperlink, the article for that author has not yet been added to the database. Please try again later.


[Books] Publications:
  • The Creole: Or, Siege of New Orleans: A Historical Romance: Founded on the Events of 1814-15, a novel by Joseph Beckham Cobb (A. Hart)
  • Odd Leaves from the Life of a Louisiana "Swamp Doctor," by Henry Clay Lewis under the pseudonym "Madison Tensas" (A. Hart)

[Death] August 5: Henry Clay Lewis dies by drowning in a swamp in northeast Louisiana.


[Books] Publications:
  • Mississippi Scenes: Or, Sketches of Southern and Western Life and Adventure, Humorous, Satirical, and Descriptive, Including the Legend of Black Creek, stories and sketches by Joseph Beckham Cobb (A. Hart).
  • The Siege of Monterey, by William Clark Falkner.
  • The Spanish Heroine, by William Clark Falkner (I. Hart).



[Books] Publications:
  • The Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi: A Series of Sketches, by Joseph Glover Baldwin (D. Appleton and Co.)

[Birth] June 3: Poet Irwin Russell was born in Port Gibson, Mississippi.



[Books] Publications:
  • Party Leaders: Sketches of Thomas Jefferson, Alex'r Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John Randolph, of Roanoke: Including Notices of Many Other Distinguished American Statesmen, by Joseph Glover Baldwin (D. Appleton and Co.)




[Books] Publications:
  • Leisure Labors: Or, Miscellanies, Historical, Literary, and Political, essays by Joseph Beckham Cobb (A. Hart)

[Death] September: Joseph Beckham Cobb dies at the age of thirty-nine.



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