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Father of the Comic Strip

By David Kunzle
Categories: Comics Studies

Sixty years before the comics entered the American newspaper press, Rodolphe Töpffer of Geneva (1799-1846), schoolmaster, university professor, polemical journalist, art critic, landscape draftsman, ...

Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933), the first performer elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, was a folk hero in his own lifetime and has been idolized by fans and emulated by performers ever since. His ...

Lotus among the Magnolias

By Robert Seto Quan
Categories: Mississippi

Unlike most Chinese-American studies which focus on large urban concentrations sustained by continuous immigration, this study centers on a small Chinese enclave located in a rural Southern biracial society. ...

Dunlap

By William Dunlap
Foreword by Julia Reed
Categories: Art And Architecture

When art reviewers have attempted to pin him down, Mississippi-born artist William Dunlap has called what he does "hypothetical realism. " "These places and situations don't exist, but they could," he ...

Sam Myers

Sam Myers: The Blues Is My Story recounts the life of bluesman Sam Myers (1936-2006), as told in his own words to author Jeff Horton. Myers grew up visually handicapped in the Jim Crow South and left home ...

Shelby Foote

By C. Stuart Chapman
Categories: Literature

 

For a biographer Shelby Foote is a famously reluctant subject. In writing this biography, however, C. Stuart Chapman gained valuable access through interviews and shared correspondence, an advantage ...

The Life of Dick Haymes

There was a time when no one would have left Dick Haymes (1918-1980) out of the top class of his contemporaries such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. But now the Argentine-born baritone is known only ...

Faulkner

William Faulkner (1897-1962) remains the pre-eminent literary chronicler of the American South and a giant of American arts and letters. Creatively obsessed with problems of race, identity, power, politics, ...

Witnessing

By Ellen Douglas
Categories: Mississippi

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 ...

Elvis and Gladys

Who on the planet doesn't know that Elvis Presley gave electrifying performances and enthralled millions? Who doesn't know that he was the King of Rock 'n' Roll? But who knows that the King himself lived ...