1.) Tennessee Williams – One of the most famous playwrights in the nation was born in Columbus, Mississippi. An inductee of the American Theater Hall of Fame, many of his works were made into films, such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. Williams died in 1983, from choking on a cap to a bottle of eyedrops. Some way to go for a famous playwright.
2.) Willie Morris – Willie Morris was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, which is located in the Mississippi delta. He became a Rhodes scholar, and much of his work focuses on political and racial issues. Notable works include Good Old Boy and My Dog Skip.
3.) Jill Conner Browne – Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Browne focuses on women’s empowerment and a sisterhood she deemed, “Sweet Potato Queens.” The Sweet Potato Queens have local chapters throughout the state, which hold fundraisers for children’s hospitals and numerous charities.
4.) Barry Hannah – Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Barry Hannah is an award winning author, who centers his works around different types of humors. His notable works include Hey, Jack!, Boomerang and Never Die. Hannah died of a heart attack in 2010 at his Oxford, Mississippi home.
5.) Shelby Foote – Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Foote’s works include Shiloh: A Novel and September, September. He focused primarily on the American Civil War. He did all of his work by pen, as he hated the typewriter. He died of a heart attack in 2005.
6.) Eudora Welty – Eudora Welty is a highly esteemed novelist born in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1973, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Optimist’s Daughter. She is one of the most influential African American women in literature. Welty died in 2001 from natural causes.
7.) William Faulkner – Faulkner, the most read and most well known Mississippi writers, was born in the town of New Albany, Mississippi. Based in the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha, some of his award winning works include As I Lay Dying and Absalom, Absalom!. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. Faulkner died of a heart attack in 1962 in a Byhalia, Mississippi nursing home.
8.) Richard Wright – Richard Wright is one of the most talented and famous writers from Mississippi. Born in Roxie, Mississippi, Wright’s works include Black Boy and Native Son. He focuses on the hardships faced by African Americans. As a result, he was able to relay to the nation the plight that he and other African Americans faced on a daily basis. Wright died of a heart attack on November 28, 1960.
9.) Natasha Trethewey – Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Natasha Trethewey is highly esteemed, award winning poet. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize
for Poetry in 2007, Poet Laureate of Mississippi in 2012, and United States Poet Laureate in 2012. Trethewey’s notable works include Domestic Work and Native Guard.