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Witnessing /
Ellen Douglas.
imprint
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2004.
description
xv, 198 p.
ISBN
1578066700 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2004.
isbn
1578066700 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5320703
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Recipient of the 2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, Ellen Douglas of Jackson, Mississippi, is the author of many novels
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Essays that affirm the writer's lifelong role as witness to humanity and history
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Essays that affirm the writerÂ's lifelong role as witness to humanity and history
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Essays that affirm the writer’s lifelong role as witness to humanity and history
Summaries
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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. No living writer has told stories that represent with more persuasive moral intelligence the variousness of experience in the intricate world where she has been a lifelong witness of public and personal history. In Witnessing, Douglas-author of Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Telland such novels as Black Cloud, White Cloud; Can't Quit You Baby; and Apostles of Light-delivers sixteen illuminating essays, many of which appear here in print for the first time. Each reflects Douglas's conviction that observing the life around us-events both historical and personal-is a writer's essential calling. In her essay, "On Eudora Welty," Douglas writes that to be a witness is "to be someone outside the action, waiting to see-seeing. And then? Shaping, limiting, putting into a frame. . . . We want our stories to bring to bear the past on the present." 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. Recipient of the 2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, Ellen Douglas of Jackson, Mississippi, is the author of many novels, including A Family's Affairs, Where the Dreams Cross, The Rock Cried Out, and A Lifetime Burning.
Main Description
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. No living writer has told stories that represent with more persuasive moral intelligence the variousness of experience in the intricate world where she has been a lifelong witness of public and personal history.InWitnessing, Douglas-author ofTruth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Telland such novels asBlack Cloud, White Cloud;Can't Quit You Baby; andApostles of Light-delivers sixteen illuminating essays, many of which appear here in print for the first time. Each reflects Douglas's conviction that observing the life around us-events both historical and personal-is a writer's essential calling. In her essay, "On Eudora Welty," Douglas writes that to be a witness is "to be someone outside the action, waiting to see-seeing. And then? Shaping, limiting, putting into a frame. . . . We want our stories to bring to bear the past on the present."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.Recipient of the 2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, Ellen Douglas of Jackson, Mississippi, is the author of many novels, includingA Family's Affairs,Where the Dreams Cross,The Rock Cried Out, andA Lifetime Burning.
Main Description
Sixteen essays that lyrically affirm writer Ellen Douglas's lifelong role as a witness to humanity and history
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Time and Place
A Writer's Good Luckp. 3
On Trials of the Earth: The Autobiography of Mary Hamiltonp. 11
Where Is Bynam Woods?p. 17
Sistersp. 27
Neighborhoodsp. 40
On Writers
Proust, Ava Gardner, and the Last Frontierp. 45
William Faulkner and Othersp. 52
Faulkner's Womenp. 70
Thinking about Richard Wrightp. 89
On Eudora Weltyp. 95
On Writing
Imaginary Countriesp. 109
Introduction to The Magic Carpet and Other Talesp. 120
Advice to Young Writersp. 126
Writing and Realityp. 138
Witnessing
Grass Roots Politicsp. 151
A Long Nightp. 168
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