Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Wilma Dykeman (1920-2006)

In 1955, seven years before the publication of Rachel Carson’s famed Silent Spring, another woman fought to issue her own groundbreaking analysis of environmental concerns. Wilma Dykeman spent years studying the rivers of western North Carolina, but after she wrote her book The French Broad, her publishers tried to remove the chapters on pollution. However,…

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Clara Cox Epperson (1869-1937)

Clara Cox Epperson was born in 1869 in Gainesboro, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Robert Alexander Cox and Nancy Joseph Draper. Clara Cox received a B.A. degree from Nashville College for Young Ladies in 1887, and an M.A. in 1891. Prior to her marriage to Mr. John Ananius Epperson, she taught school at Dixon…

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Sarah Webster Fabio (1928-1979)

Well ahead of the connections that grew between music and poetry during the hip-hop era, several generations of African-American poets drew on musical influences in their works. The writers associated with the politically oriented Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and 1970s were especially active in this regard, joining spoken words with blues and jazz…

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William Clark Falkner (1825-1889)

Born on July 6, 1825 in Knox County, Tennessee, Falkner served in the Mexican War. When the Civil War began, Falkner raised a company of men and was made colonel in the Second Mississippi Infantry. Wounded at First Manassas, he was dropped at the April 1862 reorganization and election of officers. Later in the War,…

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Shelby Foote (1916-2005)

Presence separates Shelby Foote from any other historian or novelist. Already a respected writer, Foote’s three-volume work on the Civil War, and his guest appearances in its documentary, put Foote into a class all his own. His attention to detail and ability to personalize history captivated both readers and viewers. Ken Burns, who undertook PBS’s…

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Jesse Hill Ford (1928- 1996)

Jesse Hill Ford was born in Troy, Alabama. In 1932, Ford’s father took a job with Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, and the family moved to Nashville. Ford attended Montgomery Bell Academy, where he wrote for the school newspaper and edited the school annual during his senior year. Ford enrolled at Vanderbilt University in 1947, where he…

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