A Mississippi Writer Timeline
A Compendium of Births,
Deaths, Publications, Awards, and Other Events in Mississippi’s Literary
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Publications: Mystery writer
March 31: was born in Stamford, Connecticut.
December 29: The Rose Tattoo by premieres at the Erlanger Theatre in Chicago.
Premiere of the film The Glass Menagerie, based on the play by .
December 10: receives the Nobel Prize for Literature for the year 1949 and
the Howells Medal for Fiction.
July 9: born in Oxford, Mississippi.
born in Natchez, Mississippi.
November 25: born in Tunica, Mississippi.
play Tennessee Williamss The Rose Tattoo produced on Broadway.
Premiere of the film A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the play by .
Premiere of the film Native Son, screenplay by and based on his novel.
receives a National Book Award for William Faulkner Collected Stories and the Legion of Honor award in New Orleans.
March 1: born in Yerington, Nevada.
born in Jackson, Mississippi.
was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
July 23: born in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
play Tennessee Williams's Camino Real produced on Broadway.
Memoirs of Henry Tillinghast Ireys. Papers of the Washington County
Historical Society, 1910-1915, edited by William D. McCain and (Mississippi Department of Archives and History).
Capers A Fable, a novel by (Random House).
Faulkner Jordan County: A Landscape in Narrative, a novel by (Random House).
Foote Misrepresentation in Mississippi, by (Dixie Press).
Thatcher Prayers in Sickness, by (Dixie Press).
Thatcher The Ponder Heart, a novel by (Harcourt).
Welty Savage Holiday, a novel by (Avon).
Wright Black Power: A Record of Reactions in a Land of Pathos, nonfiction
born in New Orleans.
Jim Fraiser Author and poet February 7:
was fatally shot by Harold Weinberg while on a drinking spree.
Weinberg then stabed Bodenheims wife Ruth to death, as well.
born in Macon, Mississippi.
Danny Von Kanel February
in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
play Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof produced on Broadway. It wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Premiere of the film Land of the Pharaohs, screenplay by , Harry Kurnitz, and Harold Jack Bloom.
Premiere of the film The Rose Tattoo, based on the play by .
receives a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for William Faulkner A Fable.
receives a William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Eudora Welty The Ponder Heart.
Walk through the Valley, by (Scribner)
Deal Faulkner at Nagano, speeches and interviews by , edited by Robert A. Jelliffe (Kenkyusha Ltd.).
Faulkner Baby Doll: The Script of the Film, by (New American Library).
Williams The Color Curtain, nonfiction by (World).
Wright In the Winter of Cities, poetry by (New Directions).
Williams The Color Curtain: A Report on the Bandung Conference, by (World).
Wright Best Plays by Chekhov: The Sea Gull, Uncle Vanya, the Three Sisters,
the Cherry Orchard, translation by (Random House)
December 16: married Mary June Wiggins.
Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart is adapted for the stage and produced on Broadway.
Premiere of the film Baby Doll, based on the play by .
receives a Rhodes Scholarship.
play Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending produced on Broadway.
Premiere of the film The Tarnished Angels, based on the novel Pylon by .
The Secret of Sylvia, by (under pseudonym "Lee Borden") (Fawcett/Gold Medal)
Deal Three Famous Short Novels, by (Random House).
Faulkner The Civil War: A Narrative. Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville, history
by (Random House).
Foote Suddenly, Last Summer, a play by (New Directions).
Williams The Long Dream, a novel by (Doubleday).
born in Fort Worth, Texas.
September 30: Country music singer-songwriter was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
January 7: Two plays by Tennessee
Williams, Suddenly Last Summer and Something Unspoken,
open under the collective title Garden District (after their shared New
Orleans locale) Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in New York.
December 29: Period of Adjustment High Point over a Cavern by opens at Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami.
Premiere of the film The Long Hot Summer, based on the novel The Hamlet
and several short stories by .
Premiere of the film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, based on the play by .
born in New York.
William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun produced on Broadway.
play Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth produced on Broadway.
Premiere of the film The Sound and the Fury, based on the novel by .
December 22: Premiere of the film Suddenly, Last Summer, based
on the play by .