Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for
Dec. 14, 2001 - Jan. 3, 2002.
Editors note: Because of the Christmas holidays, this newsletter
will cover three weeks. Our next scheduled newsletter will be Jan. 4,
In this issue:
THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY
The following events all happened during these three weeks in Mississippi
1801: The Treaty of Fort Adams officially opened Old Natchez
District to settlement and the Choctaw agreed that the United States could
open a road, the Natchez Trace, through their lands. (Dec. 17)
Russell died of exposure and pneunomia in New Orleans at the age
of twenty-six. (Dec. 23)
Faulkner published his first book, The Marble Faun, a collection
of poems. (Dec. 15)
Williams arrived in New Orleans. He found a small room in the
French Quarter at 431 Royal Street where he would live until spring 1939.
He began calling himself Tennessee. (Dec. 29)
Williams received an Authors League of America fellowship
for $1000. (Dec. 18)
Editors note: This entry was corrected on 8 Aug.
2002. It originally indicated Williams had received a fellowship from
the Rockefeller Foundation on Dec. 22; however, the Rockefeller Foundation
was rather the donor of a $25,000 grant to the Authorss League of
America for use over the period July 1, 1938 - June 30, 1941 “for
the protection of the rights of authors in all phases of creative writing.”
Seay was born in Panola County, Mississippi. (Jan. 1)
1940: Battle of Angels by Tennessee
Williams premiered in Boston, starring Miriam Hopkins. It bombed.
Williams play The Glass Menagerie opened in Chicago,
starring Laurette Taylor. It was greeted by rave reviews but sparse audiences
attended. (Dec. 26)
Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi. (Dec. 25)
1950: The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee
Williams premiered at the Erlanger Theatre in Chicago. (Dec. 29)
1950: Short Stories by Eudora
Welty was published by Harcourt, Brace, & Company, New York.
Faulkner met Jean Stein while in Europe working on Land of
the Pharaohs for Howard Hawks. (Dec. 24)
Meredith married Mary June Wiggins. (Dec. 16)
1958: Period of Adjustment High Point over a Cavern by
Williams opened at Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami. (Dec. 29)
Faulkner willed his manuscripts to the William Faulkner Foundation.
1961: Night of the Iguana by Tennessee
Williams opened at the Royale Theatre in New York. (Dec. 28)
Faulkner was injured in a fall from his horse in Charlottesville,
Virginia. (Jan. 3)
Plumpp married Falvia Delgrazia Jackson. (Dec. 21)
1974: A Pageant of Birds by Eudora
Welty was published by Albondocani Press, New York. (Dec. 31)
C. Falkner died in Mobile, Alabama. He was later buried in Oxford,
Mississippi. (Dec. 24)
1979: Women!! Make Turban in Own Home by Eudora
Welty was published by Palaemon Press Limited. (Dec. 16)
NEWS about MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
"Call for Papers: Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha 2002, 'Faulkner
and His Contemporaries' "
The Department of English and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
have announced a call for papers for the 2002 Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha
Conference, to be held at the University of Mississippi from July 21-26,
2002. The deadline for submissions of plenary papers (approximately 6,000
words) and short papers (approximately 2,500 words) is January 15, 2002.
For more information, please read the entire article
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NEW FEATURES in the MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
The following articles were recently added to the Writer Listings:
AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings,
Dec. 22: Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall, Jackson, Mississippi, 11:00
Southern Cook's Handbook, by Courtney Taylor. Courtney Taylor,
the Food columnist for Jacksons Clarion
Ledger, brings us this wonderful collections of recipes and general
cooking tips that is a must-have reference for Southern cooks of all skill
levels. For more information, call (601) 366-7619.
Dec. 22: Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall, Jackson, Mississippi, 1:00
Wilder Mississippi, by Stephen Kirkpatrick. Back by popular demand!
If you missed him the first time, now is your chance to meet the man behind
the most beautiful book of Mississippi nature photography we have seen
in a long time. For more information, call (601) 366-7619.
If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi writers,
please let us know by writing us at email@example.com.
NEW BOOKS from or about the state of Mississippi
ON THE HORIZON
The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You
may want to begin planning to attend or participate.
March 21, 2002
Clinton, Mississippi, resident Nevada
Barr will return to Square Books in Oxford this time on Thacker Mountain
Radio, with her newest novel, Hunting Season. Its the tenth
book in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna investigates the murder of a man
at a Natchez Trace tourist spot. The show starts at 5:30 p.m.
March 22, 2002
Ford returns to Square Books in Oxford with a new collection of short
stories, A Multitude of Sins. 5 p.m.
March 27, 2002
Cohen returns Square Books in Oxford to read from his book The
Peddlers Grandson: Growing Up in Jewish in Mississippi. 5 p.m.
The Ninth Oxford Conference for the Book
April 11-14, 2002
The University of Mississippi and Oxford, Mississippi
Check back for registration information.
The 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference:
"Faulkner and His Contemporaries"
July 21-26, 2002
The University of Mississippi, Oxford
Information on registration will be available in early 2002.
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Community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:
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