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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for March 21-27, 2003

In this issue:


THIS WEEK in MISSISSIPPI LITERARY HISTORY

The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.

Year:
1736: After Bienville decided to fight the Chickasaw on two fronts, French forces from the Illinois country under Pierre d’Artaguette were defeated by the Chickasaw in the Battle of Ougoula Tchetoka. Some twenty Frenchmen, including d’Artaguette, were captured and burned to death. (March 25)

1911: Playwright Tennessee Williams [Thomas Lanier Williams] was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (March 26)

1912: Journalist Walter G. Cowan was born in Bond, Mississippi. (March 24)

1929: Music teacher Mary Margaret Clark was born in McComb, Mississippi. (March 24)

1931: Journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells Barnett died of uremic poisoning in Chicago, Illinois. (March 25)

1931: Historian John D. W. Guice was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. (March 24)

1935: The novel Pylon, by William Faulkner, was published by Harrison Smith and Robert Haas. (March 25)

1938: Novelist Robert H. Herring was born in Charleston, Mississippi. (March 26)

1941: A production of Native Son, based on the book by Richard Wright, opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, starring Canada Lee, in a benefit performance for the NAACP. (March 24)

1944: Poet and journalist Si Dunn was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (March 24)

1946: Shakespeare scholar Bruce R. Smith was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (March 21)

1955: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams premiered at the Morosco Theatre in New York; it was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Burl Ives, Barbara Bel Geddes, and Ben Gazzara. (March 24)

1957: Tennessee Williams’ play Orpheus Descending opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York, starring Maureen Stapleton and Cliff Robertson. (March 21)

1959: Novelist and English professor David Galef was born in New York. (March 27)

1962: Novelist Phillip Thompson was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (March 26)

1968: Tennessee Williams’ play Seven Descents of Myrtle premiered at Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. It ran for 29 performances. (March 27)

1969: Novelist John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in Biloxi, Mississippi. (March 26)

1972: The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty was published by Random House in New York. (March 23)

1977: Actress Dorris Johnson, who edited a collection of letters by her husband, acclaimed screenwriter and journalist Nunnally Johnson, died. (March 25)

1981: Historian Ray Mathis died of cancer in Troy, Alabama. (March 25)

1989: U.S. Marine Corps office and writer Lewis W. Walt died in Gulfport, Mississippi, after a long illness. (March 26)

1997: James Meredith, the first African American to enroll and graduate from the University of Mississippi, presented his papers to the University of Mississippi where they are maintained by the Special Collections branch of the J.D. Williams Library. (March 21)

2000: Sociologist Romeo Benjamin Garrett died in East Peoria, Illinois. (March 22)


AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

March 24: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture: A Reading by Shay Youngblood, the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, www.olemiss.edu/depts/south.

March 25: Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry reading and commentary by poet Andrew Hudgins, author of Babylon in a Jar and After the Lost War. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English, www.olemiss.edu/depts/english/.

March 26-30: New Orleans, Louisiana

Seventeenth Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana. For information, visit their web site at www.tennesseewilliams.net.

 

If you know of upcoming literary events by or about Mississippi writers, please let us know by writing us at mwp@olemiss.edu. 


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.

April 10-13, 2003

Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, Mississippi. Program and registration information available online at www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/ocb/.

July 20-24, 2003

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. Information and registration forms available at www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner/.


If you know of additional news items for this newsletter or if you have suggestions, please write us at mwp@olemiss.edu.

For more information about events in the Oxford and University of Mississippi community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar:
www.olemiss.edu/calendar/


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