A Compendium of Births,
Deaths, Publications, Awards, and Other Events in Mississippi’s Literary
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Premiere of the films Sweet Bird of Youth and Period of Adjustment,
based on works by Tennessee
Faulkner receives his second Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Reivers
and a Gold Medal for Fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
receives the National Book Award for fiction for his novel The Moviegoer.
As James Meredith becomes the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi, riots begin on campus in which two people were killed and many others injured.
National Guard troops are quickly committed and President Kennedy orders 20,000 federal troops to the area.
July 6:William Faulkner dies of a
heart attack in Byhalia, Mississippi. He is buried July 7 in St.
Peter's Cemetery in Oxford.
Black Cloud, White Cloud: Two Novellas and Two Stories, by Ellen
My Brother Bill: An Affectionate Reminiscence, by John
Faulkner (Trident Press).
The Civil War: A Narrative. Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian, history
by Shelby Foote
Williams play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore
opens on Broadway. It closes after 69 performances.
January 6:Stark Young
died in New York. He was buried in Friendship Cemetery in Como, Mississippi.
March 28:John Faulkner
died in Oxford, Mississippi and was buried in St. Peters Cemetery in Oxford.
Because of disagreement over the spelling of his name, it is spelled Falkner
on one side of the stone, Faulkner on the other, and Fa(u)lkner
on the flat stone topping his grave.
June 12: Civil rights activist Medgar
Evers was shot and killed by an assassins bullet in front of his
home in Jackson, Mississippi. The accused assassin, white supremacist Byron
de La Beckwith, is tried twice over the next few years but each trial ends in
mistrial as the all-white juries could not reach a verdict. He would finally
be convicted for the crime more than 30 years after Evers death.
Faulkner at West Point, interviewsby William
Faulkner, edited by Joseph L. Fant and Robert Ashley (Random House).
Three Novels: Follow Me, Down, Jordan County, Love in a Dry Season,
fiction by Shelby
Foote (Dial Press).
The Protectors: The Heroic Story of the Narcotics Agents, Citizens and Officials
in Their Unending, Unsung Battles against Organized Crime in America and Abroad,
by "J. Dennis Gregory" [John
Alfred Williams] (Farrar, Straus).
August: During the height of "Freedom Summer," a massive voter registration
and education effort for blacks, three civil rights workers Andrew Goodman,
James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner disappear near Philadelphia, Mississippi.
After a massive investigation by the FBI and other federal agencies, their bodies
are found forty days after their disappearance in an earthen dam in Neshoba
County. A Neshoba County deputy sheriff and six other defendant are later found
guilty in federal court for violating the civil rights of Goodman, Chaney, and