Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Frances Gaither (1918 – 1955)

When a writer is labeled a “Southerner,” he is given an identity; he is linked to his region in a way that the Northerner or Easterner or Westerner is not. Flannery O’Conner once said that Southern writers are “stuck with” being Southern. If so, then the fact of Southern history that they’re stuck with is…

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Caroline Gordon (1895-1981)

Caroline Gordon was born into the Kentucky line of the extensive Meriwether family in 1895. Exploration of the family’s past and its evolution is a major theme of her fiction. She grew up at Merry Mont in Todd County, near Clarksville. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in 1916. Gordon taught…

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Richard M. Gunn (1904-1995)

Tennessee folklorist and humorist Richard M. Gunn, more commonly known as “Pek” Gunn, born in Pinewood in Hickman County, was appointed Poet Laureate of Tennessee in 1971, and held the position until 1994. Married early to Frances Thompson, he furthered his patronage as a Tennessean. He became a member of ASCAP (American Society Composers, Authors,…

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Alex Haley (1921-1992)

On January 30, 1979, 130 million people tuned in to watch the conclusion of the ABC miniseries Roots. For eight consecutive nights, viewers had been enthralled by the story of a slave, Kunte Kinte, from his abduction in West Africa, up through his death on an American plantation. The real-life story of Roots eventually led…

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Henry Sydnor Harrison (1880 – 1930)

Henry Sydnor Harrison was born in Tennessee, graduated from Columbia, and served on the staff of the Richmond Times‐Dispatch (1900–1910). His later life was devoted mainly to fiction, the best of his seven novels being Queed (1911) and V.V.’s Eyes (1913). The first, dramatized by Gilbert Emery (1921), is a complacently realistic story of American…

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Mildred Haun (1911 – 1966)

Author of stories of mountain life, Mildred E. Haun was born in Hamblen County, on January 6, 1911, to James Enzor and Margaret Ellen Haun, but was raised in Haun Hollow in the Hoot Owl District of Cocke County in a large family of strong, independent mountain farmers whose roots could be traced back to…

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