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Witnessing

Author: Ellen Douglas
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"These essays from four decades show us how Ellen Douglas has been reading the great writers who have shaped her art, and how she has been thinking and feeling about events in the world from which her work draws energy and form. She remembers her youth and family. She tells about the circle of her friends, Shelby Foote, Walker Percy, and others. She transcribes a first-person account of the violence on campus when
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ellen Douglas; James Meredith; Ellen Douglas; James Meredith; Ellen Douglas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Douglas
ISBN: 1578066700 9781578066704
OCLC Number: 54537172
Description: xv, 198 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Time and Place --
A Writer's Good Luck --
On Trials of the Earth: The Autobiography of Mary Hamilton --
Where Is Bynam Woods? --
Sisters --
Neighborhoods --
On Writers --
Proust, Ava Gardner, and the Last Frontier --
William Faulkner and Others --
Faulkner's Women --
Thinking about Richard Wright --
On Eudora Welty --
On Writing --
Imaginary Countries --
Introduction to The Magic Carpet and Other Tales --
Advice to Young Writers --
Writing and Reality --
Witnessing --
Grass Roots Politics --
A Long Night.
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"These essays from four decades show us how Ellen Douglas has been reading the great writers who have shaped her art, and how she has been thinking and feeling about events in the world from which her work draws energy and form. She remembers her youth and family. She tells about the circle of her friends, Shelby Foote, Walker Percy, and others. She transcribes a first-person account of the violence on campus when James Meredith integrated Ole Miss. She looks back at her predecessors, including William Faulkner and the uncelebrated memoirist, Mary Hamilton, whose life in the early lumber camps along the river is no less amazing than any fiction."--Jacket.

In prize-winning fiction and nonfiction of searching power, compassion, and wit, for more than forty years Ellen Douglas has been exploring the lives of Southerners, the prosperous and the poor, white and black, male and female. Sixteen essays that lyrically affirm writer Ellen Douglas's lifelong role as a witness to humanity and history.

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