Danny Von Kanel was born in Macon, Mississippi.
February 8: John Grisham born in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Tennessee Williams's play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof produced on Broadway. It wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Premiere of the film Land of the Pharaohs, screenplay by William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, and Harold Jack Bloom.
Premiere of the film The Rose Tattoo, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.
William Faulkner receives a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for A Fable.
Eudora Welty receives a William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for The Ponder Heart.
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