A Mississippi Writer Timeline

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

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[Books] Publications:

[Drama][Film] December 3: I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, by Tennessee Williams, were televised together under the title Dragon Country by New York Television Theatre.

[Recording] Jerry Clower released his first comedy album, Jerry Clower from Yazoo City, Mississippi Talkin’, through MCA Records.

[Award] Eudora Welty received an Edward McDowell Medal, a Christopher Book Award for One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression; A Snapshot, and was nominated for a National Book Award for Losing Battles.


[Books] Publications:
  • Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938, by Stephen E. Ambrose (Penguin).
  • Constructing Classroom Tests in Music, by Ben E. Bailey (Whitehall).
  • War and War, a novel by Frederick Barthelme.
  • Archaeological Survey in the Tombigbee River Drainage Area, May- June, 1970, by Samuel O. McGahey; edited by Charlotte Capers and Elbert Hilliard (Mississippi Department of Archives and History).
  • A Neo-Socratic Dialogue on the Reluctant Empire, by Borden Deal (Outlaw Press).
  • Tomorrow’s Tomorrow: The Black Woman, by Joyce A. Ladner (Doubleday).
  • Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood, by Willie Morris (Harper).
  • Yazoo: Integration in a Deep-Southern Town, by Willie Morris (Harper).
  • Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a
    Time Near the End of the World
    , a novel by Walker Percy (Farrar, Straus)
  • One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression; A Snapshot Album, illustrated with photographs by Eudora Welty (Random House).
  • The Wintering, by Joan Williams (Harcourt, Brace, & World)
  • The Man Who Lived Underground, a novella by Richard Wright (Aubier-Flammarion).

[Award] Richard Ford elected to University of Michigan Society of Fellows (through 1974)


[Books] Publications:
  • Dialect Tales and Suwanee River Tales, facsimile reprint editions, by Sherwood Bonner (Books for Libraries Press).
  • Geronimo Rex, a novel by Barry Hannah (Viking).
  • Brother Holyfield: A Novel, by Jay Higginbotham (Thomas-Hull).
  • Court Martial: A Black Man in America, by John F. Marszalek (Scribner).
  • The Smell of Matches, poems by John Stone (Louisiana State University Press).
  • The Optimist's Daughter, a novel by Eudora Welty (Random House).
  • Captain Blackman, a novel by John Alfred Williams (Doubleday).
  • What the Negro Wants, contributor Richard Wright, editors Hiroshi Nagase and Tsutomu Kanashiki (Kaitakusha).

[Stage Play] Tennessee Williams's play Small Craft Warnings produced off-Broadway.

[Film] Premiere of the film Tomorrow, based on the short story by William Faulkner.

[Award] Willie Morris receives the Steck-Vaughn Award from the Texas Institute of Letters for Good Old oy: A Delta Boyhood.

[Award] Eudora Welty receives a Gold Medal for fiction writing from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.


[Books] Publications:

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's first play, Am I Blue, produced in Dallas at Southern Methodist University's Margo Jones Theatre.

[Stage Play] Tennessee Williams's play Out Cry produced on Broadway.

[Award] Eudora Welty receives a Pulitzer Prize in fiction for The Optimist's Daughter.


[Books] Publications:
  • A Poetic Equation: Conversations Between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker, by Margaret Walker Alexander (Howard University).
  • ...The Other Room, by Borden Deal (Doubleday).
  • The Civil War: A Narrative. Vol. 3: Red River to Appomattox, history by Shelby Foote (Random House).
  • A Voyage to Dauphin Island in 1720: The Journal of Bertet de la Clue, translated by Jay Higginbotham (Colonial Books).
  • Water Tables, by James Seay (Wesleyan University Press).
  • The First Horsemen, by Frank Trippett (Time-Life).
  • Eight Moral Ladies Possessed, fiction by Tennessee Williams (New Directions).

[Award] Mildred D. Taylor receives the Council on Interracial Books for Children Award for her book Song of the Trees, which will be published by Dial Books in 1975.


[Books] Publications:

[Stage Play] Tennessee Williams's play The Red Devil Battery Sign produced in Boston.

[Death] December 24: Murry C. Falkner dies in Mobile, Alabama. He is buried in Oxford, Mississippi.


[Books] Publications:

[Stage Play] Tennessee Williams's play This Is (An Entertainment) produced in San Francisco.


[Books] Publications:
  • Brother to a Dragonfly, by Will D. Campbell (Seabury Press).
  • Legend of the Bluegrass, by Borden Deal (under the pseudonym "Leigh Borden") (Doubleday).
  • Selected Letters of William Faulkner, edited by Joseph Blotner (Random House).
  • Mayday, a story by William Faulkner (University of Notre Dame Press).
  • Bitterweeds: Life with William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, a memoir by Malcolm Franklin (The Society for the Study of Traditional Culture).
  • Old Mobile: Fort Louis de la Louisiane, 1702-1711, by Jay Higginbotham (Museum of the City of Mobile).
  • Mixed Families: Adopting Across Racial Boundaries, by Joyce A. Ladner (Doubleday).
  • A Black Businessman in White Mississippi, 1866-1974 , by John F. Marszalek and Sadye Wier (University Press of Mississippi).
  • Have a Healthy Baby: Doctor Recommended Nutritional Guide & Menus for Before, During and After Your Baby Is Born, by Linda Peavy (Drake).
  • Lancelot, a novel by Walker Percy (Farrar, Straus).
  • Androgyne, Mon Amour, poetry by Tennessee Williams (New Directions).
  • Letters to Donald Windham, by Tennessee Williams (Holt, Rinehart).
  • American Hunger, autobiography by Richard Wright (Harper).

[Award] Richard Ford awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1977-78.

[Award] Lewis Nordan receives the John Gould Fletcher Award for fiction from the University of Arkansas for his short story “Rat Song.”

[Award] Mildred D. Taylor receives the Newberry Award from the American Library Association for her book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976).

[News] The first of George Thatcher’s newspaper column “Scenes from the Beach” was published in the Biloxi, Mississippi, Sun-Herald newspaper.

[Stage Play] Tennessee Williams play Vieux Carre produced on Broadway.

[Film] Thomas Harris novel Black Sunday adapted for film by director John Frankenheimer (Paramount).

[Death] January 30: Malcolm Franklin dies. He is buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford, in the same burial plot as his mother and step-father, William Faulkner.


[Books] Publications:

[Award] Beth Henley is co-winner of the Great American Playwriting Contest sponsored by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky, for her play Crimes of the Heart.

[Award] Lewis Nordan receives a National Endowment for the Arts grant for 1978-79.

[Stage Play] Eudora Welty's The Robber Bridegroom adapted as a musical and produced on Broadway.


[Books] Publications:
  • The Rock Cried Out, by Ellen Douglas (Harcourt).
  • Uncollected Stories, by William Faulkner, edited by Joseph Blotner (Random House).
  • The Land Surveyor’s Daughter: Poems, by Ellen Gilchrist (Lost Roads).
  • Selections from the William Faulkner Collection of Louis Daniel Brodsky, edited by Robert W. Hamblin and Louis Daniel Brodsky (University Press of Virginia).
  • William Faulkner: A Perspective from the Brodsky Collection, by Robert W. Hamblin and Louis Daniel Brodsky (Southeast Missouri State University).
  • The Diary of Miss Emma Holmes, 1861-1866, edited by John F. Marszalek (Louisiana State University Press).
  • The Working Mother's Complete Handbook, by Gloria Norris (Dutton).
  • The Literary Manuscripts of Harold Frederic: A Catalogue, by Noel Polk (Garland).
  • Privacy in Britain, by Walter F. Pratt, Jr. (Bucknell University Press).
  • The Texas Anthology, edited by Paul Ruffin and Gene Arnold Rister (Sam Houston State University Press).
  • Allapattah, by Patrick D. Smith (Manor Books).
  • The Two-Character Play, by Tennessee Williams (New Directions).
  • Vieux Carre, a play by Tennessee Williams (New Directions).
  • The Life and Work of Richard Wright, edited by David Ray and Robert M. Farnsworth (University of Missouri).

[Stage Play] Beth Henley's play Crimes of the Heart produced in Louisville, Kentucky, by Actors Theatre.

[Stage Play] January 17: A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer by Tennessee Williams opens off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York. It performs only 36 times.

[Award] Richard Ford receives a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for 1979-80.


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