Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi (2015) First Edition. As new in dust jacket.
2000, readers voted Willie Morris (1934-1999) Mississippi's favorite
nonfiction author of the millennium. After conducting over fifty
interviews and combing through over eighty boxes of papers in the
archives at the University of Mississippi, many of which had never been
seen before by researchers, Teresa Nicholas provides new perspectives on
a Mississippi writer and editor who changed journalism and redefined
what being southern could mean. More than fifty photographs--some
published here for the first time, including several by renowned
photographer David Rae Morris, Willie's son--enhance the exploration.
an early age, Willie demonstrated a talent for words. At the University
of Texas at Austin, he became a controversial editor of theDaily Texan.
He later studied history as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, England, but by
1960 he was back in Austin, working as editor for the highly regardedTexas Observer. In 1967 Willie became the youngest editor of the nation's oldest magazine,Harper's. His autobiography, North Toward Home, achieved critical as well as artistic success, and it would continue to inspire legions of readers for decades to come.
the final tally, he published hundreds of newspaper and magazine
articles, along with twenty-three books. His work covered the gamut from
fiction to nonfiction, for both adults and children, often touching on
the personal as well as the historical and the topical, and always
presented in his lyrical prose. In 1980, he returned to his home state
as writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi. In 1990, he
married his editor at the University Press of Mississippi, JoAnne
Prichard, and they made a home in Jackson. With his broad knowledge of
history, his sensitivity, and his bone-deep understanding of the South,
he became a celebrated spokesman for and interpreter of the place he