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Author: Willie Morris; Jack Bales
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the course of his career Willie Morris attained national prominence as a journalist, editor, nonfiction writer, novelist, memoirist, and news commentator. As this eloquent book reveals, he was also a master essayist whose gift was in crafting short compositions. Shifting Interludes, an anthology that spans his career that lasted for forty years, includes pieces he wrote for the Daily Texan, Texas Observer, the  Read more...
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Named Person: Willie Morris; Willie Morris
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Willie Morris; Jack Bales
ISBN: 1578064783 9781578064786
OCLC Number: 49226051
Description: xiv, 209 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Weep No More, My Lady --
Eisenhower --
Down South We Fry Them on the Sidewalks --
Southern Comforter --
Weep No More, My Lady --
It Took More Than Good Men to Win the War --
Of Northern Fears, Southern Realities, and Jimmy Carter --
My Friend Marcus Dupree --
What It Takes for a Son to Understand a Father --
Capote Remembered --
The Epistolary Soldier --
In the Spirit of the Game --
My Friend Forrest Gump --
A Long-ago Rendezvous with Alger Hiss --
Mississippi Queen --
The South and Welcome to It: Does It Still Exist? --
The Round-Up (February 23, 1955) --
The Round-Up (June 7, 1955) --
Mississippi Rebel on a Texas Campus --
The Rain Fell Noiselessly --
Despair in Mississippi; Hope in Texas --
Bridgehampton: The Sounds and the Silences --
Prelude to Setting Off in a Camper to History --
The South and Welcome to It: Does It Still Exist? --
In a Shifting Interlude --
Coming on Back --
The Day I Followed the Mayor around Town --
Coming on Back --
A Love That Transcends Sadness --
At Ole Miss: Echoes of a Civil War's Last Battle --
Now That I Am Fifty --
Mitch and the Infield Fly Rule --
Here Lies My Heart --
The John Foster Dulles --
As the Years Go By, Do We Grow Crankier--Or More Tolerant?.
Responsibility: Willie Morris ; edited by Jack Bales.

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In the course of his career Willie Morris attained national prominence as a journalist, editor, nonfiction writer, novelist, memoirist, and news commentator. As this eloquent book reveals, he was also a master essayist whose gift was in crafting short compositions. Shifting Interludes, an anthology that spans his career that lasted for forty years, includes pieces he wrote for the Daily Texan, Texas Observer, the Washington Star, Vanity Fair, Southern Living, and other publications. These diverse works reflect the scope of Morris's wide-ranging interests. The collection comprises biographical profiles, newspaper editorials and columns, political analyses, travel narratives, sports commentaries, book reviews, and his thoughts -- both critical and affectionate -- about his beloved home state of Mississippi. Two essays are previously unpublished -- "A Long-ago Rendezvous with Alger Hiss" and "The Day I Followed the Mayor around Town." One essay, "Mississippi Rebel on a Texas Campus," is the first article he wrote for a national publication. Morris's subjects reflect his autobiography, his poignant feelings, and his courtly manners. He expresses his outrage as he decries Southern racism in "Despair in Mississippi," his melancholy as he recounts a visit to his hometown Yazoo City in "The Rain Fell Noiselessly," his grace as he salutes a college football team and its fallen comrade in "In the Spirit of the Game," his humor as he admits to a bout of middle-age infatuation in "Mitch and the Infield Fly Rule," and his pensiveness as he remembers his much-loved grandmother Mamie in "Weep No More, My Lady."

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