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A Mississippi Writer Timeline

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

Mississippi has a long history of writers, dating back more than 400 years to the earliest European explorers such as Hernando De Soto. Nevertheless, it wasn't until the nineteenth century, when the territory now called Mississippi became part of the United States, that it began to hit its stride in literary endeavors. Below is a brief history of significant events in the history, both literary and otherwise, of Mississippi. To jump quickly to a specific year, you may use the pull-down menu at the left, or you may want to view individual decades from the links below. You may also browse by a specific date in Mississippi literary history.

Note: In most cases, timeline entries are added as articles on individual authors are added to the writer listings.
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