Editors note: because of spring break at the University of Mississippi,
this newsletter covers two weeks.
THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY
The following events all happened during these two weeks in Mississippi
1736: After Bienville decided to fight the Chickasaw on two fronts,
French forces from the Illinois country under Pierre dArtaguette
were defeated by the Chickasaw in the Battle of Ougoula Tchetoka. Some
twenty Frenchmen, including dArtaguette, were captured and burned
to death. (March 25)
1901: Journalist Turner Catledge was born in Ackerman,
Mississippi. (March 17)
1909: Historian James Franklin Hopkins was born in Noxapater,
Mississippi. (March 28)
Williams [Thomas Lanier Williams] was born in Columbus, Mississippi.
1912: Journalist Walter G. Cowan was born in Bond, Mississippi.
1921: Historian David L. Smiley was born in Clarksdale,
Mississippi. (March 17)
1929: Music teacher Mary Margaret Clark was born in McComb,
Mississippi. (March 24)
1930: Texas travel writer Ann Ruff was born in Aberdeen,
Mississippi. (March 20)
1931: Historian John D. W. Guice was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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. (March 28)
Williams play Seven Descents of Myrtle premiered
at Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. It ran for 29 performances. (March
1969:John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in Biloxi, Mississippi.
1972:The Optimists Daughter by Eudora
Welty was published by Random House in New York. (March 23)
1980: First telecast of Barn Burning, based on the short
story by William Faulkner,
on PBS-TV. The production was directed by Peter Werner with a screenplay
by Horton Foote; it starred Tommy Lee Jones as Ab Snopes. Faulkners
nephew Jimmy Faulkner
played the role of Major DeSpain. (March 17)
1981: Historian Ray Mathis died of cancer in Troy,
Alabama. (March 25)
1982: Actor James Earl Jones married Cecilia Hart. (March
1989: U.S. Marine Corps office and writer Lewis W. Walt
died in Gulfport, Mississippi, after a long illness. (March 26)
1991: Speech professor and broadcaster Sara Lowrey died.
OXFORD, Miss. Donors to an honorary scholarship
fund and other friends of retired University of Mississippi journalism professor
Dr. Jere Hoar are invited to an
April 5 reception on the University of Mississippi-Oxford campus.
Jere has meant a great deal to our program
and to his students it is only fitting that we recognize him, said
journalism department chair Dr. Stuart J. Bullion.
The event honoring Hoar begins at 5:30 p.m.
in Brandt-Memory House on University Avenue. Held during the universitys
Red-Blue Weekend, the reception immediately follows the annual Journalism Awards
Day program in Farley Hall. Hoar is the programs featured guest speaker.
Dr. Hoar has all the attributes of a good,
tough editor, and he made us appreciate the importance of sound reporting and
lucid writing. He impressed on us his unswerving dedication to truth and ethics,
wrote Curtis Wilkie, a 1963 UM graduate, in a letter inviting donations to the
Jere Hoar Scholarship fund. Wilkie, of New Orleans, is a book author and former
international reporter for The Boston Globe and a visiting journalism
professor this spring at UM-Oxford.
There can be no greater honor for a teacher
than for his former students to found a scholarship in his name, giving opportunity
to students of the future, Hoar said. Im touched and very
According to University of Mississippi Foundation
officials, the Hoar scholarship fund is among the Universitys fastest
growing endowments of its kind. Bullion attributes this response to the respect
and admiration Hoars students have for him. They are doing this
out of gratitude for what Jere gave to journalism education, and because they
want to support the department, he said.
While no longer in the educational system, Hoar
has by no means retired, as he is working on his second book a thriller
and living on his small farm outside of Oxford where he raises, trains
and hunts with English setter bird dogs, trains herding dogs and enters them
in competition trials, and tends three Tennessee Walking horses and a flock
of registered St. Croix sheep.
For details about the journalism events, contact
the department at 662-915-7146. To contribute to the Hoar Scholarship fund,
contact the University Foundation
Faulkner Newsletter & Yoknapatawpha Review ceases
publication after 20 years
March 20, 2002
OXFORD, Miss. A quarterly newsletter
devoted to Nobel Prize-winning writer William
Faulkner has ceased publication after a 20-year run.
The Faulkner Newsletter & Yoknapatawpha
Review, which began publication in 1981, has ceased publication as of its
October 2001 issue, according to a notice
on the Yoknaptawpha Press web site, which published the newsletter.
Edited by William Boozer and published by Lawrence
Wells and Dean Faulkner
Wells, William Faulkners niece, the newsletter covered a variety of
news and information about the life, the writings, and the places associated
with William Faulkner.
A total of 80 issues were published during the
publications two decades. In 1994, a bound edition of the first 54 issues
was published, along with an index, under the title The Faulkner Newsletter:
Collected Issues. According to the publishers web site, plans are
underway to produce a similar index for the remaining 26 issues, though the
publication date is not yet available.
A limited number of back issues are available
from the publisher at $10.00 per issue.
On the web page announcing the cessation of
publication, the newsletter staff expresses regret that its publication
must cease, along with their gratitude to longtime subscribers for loyal support
Saks Incorporated Fellowships available to high school teachers
for 2002 Faulkner Conference
March 21, 2002
OXFORD, Miss. Thirty high school teachers
chosen from applicants in five Southern states will be attending the University’s
29th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, July 21-26, 2002, without
cost, thanks to fellowships funded by Saks Incorporated Foundation, on behalf
of McRae’s, Proffitt’s and Parisian department stores. English and literature
instructors in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee are eligible
The Saks Incorporated Fellowships will provide
the registration fee and cover expenses for the six-day conference and teacher
workshops, including instructional materials and supplies, dormitory lodging,
a travel stipend, and a meal stipend. The University will award 3.9 Continuing
Education Units for the teacher workshops and the conference sessions.
The application deadline is April 10. Notification
will be made by May 10.
Requests for fellowship application forms should
be submitted to Faulkner Conference-Saks Incorporated Fellowships, The University
of Mississippi, P.O. Box 879, University, MS, 38677-0879. For further information
regarding the teacher workshops, teachers may contact the University of Mississippi
Center for Non-Credit Education by telephone (662-915-7282) or e-mail (email@example.com).
Hattiesburg has a new writers organization
Hattiesburg Area Writers Guild
651 Archie Smith Road
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
For more information, contact Robin Nobles, firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a news item about a Mississippi writer? Please send your
information to email@example.com.
NEW BOOKS from or about Mississippi
By David Galef
University Press of Mississippi (Hardcover, $25.00, ISBN: 1578064228)
Publication date: March 2002
Description from Publishers Weekly:
Fifteen far-ranging and idiosyncratic
glimpses of life most often from a dark, quixotic psychosocial perspective
make up this collection, selected from more than 60 published stories
by Galef (Turning Japanese; Flesh). The topics are curious and far-ranging:
the last day of an over-the-hill mob enforcer (“Butch”), the struggles
of a blocked gag writer who plays canned laughter at his therapy sessions
(“Laugh Track”), the interaction between a chimerical landlord and a
novelist who has come to Mexico to work on a memoir (“The Landlord”)
and the angst of an American lawyer who tries to forget his gay lover
by running off to Greece (“All Cretans”).
The opening vignette (“You”) imagines
the day of the author’s conception, and a third-grade teacher whose
love-life is on the skids acts out her sexual frustration on a precocious
male student in “Triptych.” The tersely noted impressions of a juror
in “Jury Duty” and a college instructor’s wry account of his eccentric
writing workshop in “Metafiction” up the humor quotient, while arguably
the darkest and most affecting of the stories is “Dear, Dirty Paris,”
which recounts the experience of a high school student on her maiden
trip to the City of Light. Her parents entrust her to the care of two
rather questionable men who had provided them with a similar introduction
to the city in their youth.
Though well crafted, this set is likely
a bit obscure for mainstream readers, but fans of literary fiction will
be won over by Galef’s ironic and enigmatic sensibility. Copyright 2002
Cahners Business Information, Inc.
The Peddler’s Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi
By Edward Cohen
Delta (Paperback, $12.95, ISBN: 0385335911)
Publication date: January 2002
Description from Booklist::
Cohen grew up in Jackson, Mississippi,
in the 1950s and 1960s. In a city of 100,000 people, mostly Baptists,
he was one of about 300 Jews. His immigrant grandparents settled there,
coming from Romania, Russia, and Poland. Cohen remembers that the only
Jewish institution in town was Temple Beth Israel, located next door
to the state women’s club, which didn’t allow Jews, and down the street
from his high school, which did allow Jews but not blacks. Farther north
was the Jackson Country Club, which allowed neither. Cohen’s grandfather
and great uncle founded a clothing store in Jackson, where his father
worked all his life and where the author worked every Saturday for much
of his childhood. Cohen describes how he left Mississippi for college
(the University of Miami), where he met northern Jews and felt again
like an outsider because of what he termed his southerness. This thoughtful
and beautifully written memoir is a revelation about the allure of assimilation
and the evasiveness of identity. —George Cohen
AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings,
March 26: Warren County Vicksburg Public Library, Vicksburg, Mississippi,
March 26: Lemuria, Jackson, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m. Edward Cohen will
sign the new paperback edition of his memoir, The Peddlers
Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi (Bantam Dell) at Lemuria
Tuesday, March 26, from 5:00-6:00 P.M. The book won Mississippis
top nonfiction awards in 2000, from the Mississippi Institute of Arts
& Letters and the Mississippi Library Association. Its a two-time
selection of Book Sense, the recommendations of independent booksellers
nationwide. Earlier that day, he will speak and sign at the Warren County
Vicksburg Public Library at noon.
March 26: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m. Author James Reese will read and sign copies of his novel The
Book of Shadows.
March 27: Lee-Itawamba Library, Tupelo, Mississippi, 12 noon
March 27: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m. Edward Cohen will
speak to the Lee-Itawamba Library Book Luncheon Group in Tupelo at noon,
the Ole Miss Honors Program at 3:00, and at Square Books in Oxford at
5:00 to read from his book The Peddlers Grandson: Growing Up
in Jewish in Mississippi.
March 28: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:30 p.m.
Thacker Mountain Radio, featuring Suzanne Kingsbury, author of The
Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me. Musical Guest: TBA.
March 28: Bondurant Hall Auditorium, University of Mississippi campus,
Oxford, Mississippi, 8:00 p.m.
The 30th Annual Savage Lecture in the Renaissance. Dr. David Scott Kasten
of Columbia University is this years James Edwin Savage lecturer.
Sponsored by the University of Mississippi English
April 3: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, University of Mississippi
campus, Oxford, Mississippi, 12 noon
Lecture: Yoknapatawpha 2001: Town & Country. Brown Bag Lunch
and Lecture Series presentation by University of Mississippi students
in a documentary fieldwork class. Sponsored by the Center for the Study
of Southern Culture, www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/.
April 5: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m. Richard Ford returns
to Square Books in Oxford with a new collection of short stories, A
Multitude of Sins.
If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi
writers, please let us know by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON THE HORIZON
The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You
may wish to begin planning now to attend or participate.
The Ninth Oxford Conference for the Book April 11-14, 2002
The University of Mississippi and Oxford, Mississippi
Interhostel: Views from the South: Literature, History, and
April 21-26, 2002
E. F. Yerby Conference Center, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
Short-term academic program for individuals 50 and older (with accompanying
spouses or adult companions of any age). Sponsored by the Institute
for Continuing Studies. Fee: $845 (includes five nights hotel accommodations,
meals, classes and extracurricular activities). Sponsored by: UM Institute
for Continuing Studies. For more information, please contact: Lynne
Geller at 662-915-7282; or email: email@example.com
April 27, 2002 Childrens book writer Laurie
Parker will give a reading at Square Books in Oxford from her new
book, The Turtle Saver. Its the story of a man who stops
on the Natchez Trace to move a turtle off the pavement and ends up setting
off a hilarious chain of events.
The 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference:
Faulkner and His Contemporaries
July 21-26, 2002
The University of Mississippi, Oxford