Willie Morris





Willie Morris

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born
in Jackson, MS, The United States
November 29, 1934

died
August 02, 1999

gender
male

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William Weaks "Willie" Morris (November 29, 1934 — August 2, 1999), was an American writer and editor born in Jackson, Mississippi, though his family later moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, which he immortalized in his works of prose. Morris' trademark was his lyrical prose style and reflections on the American South, particularly the Mississippi Delta. In 1967 he became the youngest editor of Harper's Magazine. He wrote several works of fiction and non-fiction, including his seminal book North Toward Home, as well as My Dog Skip.


Average rating: 3.99 · 2,941 ratings · 283 reviews · 25 distinct works · Similar authors
My Dog Skip
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,073 ratings — published 1995 — 10 editions
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My Cat Spit McGee
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 580 ratings — published 1999 — 13 editions
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North Toward Home
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 438 ratings — published 1967 — 9 editions
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Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 1971 — 5 editions
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Taps:  A Novel
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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The Courting of Marcus Dupree
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1983 — 10 editions
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New York Days
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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Last of the Southern Girls
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1973 — 3 editions
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My Mississippi
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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Terrains Of The Heart And O...
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1981 — 2 editions
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More books by Willie Morris…
“They had buried him under our elm tree, they said -- yet this was not totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart.”
Willie Morris, My Dog Skip

“As with many Southern Writers, I believe that the special quality of the land itself indelibly shapes the people who dwell upon it.”
Willie Morris, The Courting of Marcus Dupree

“And it was to this city, whenever I went home, that I always knew I must return, for it was mistress of one's wildest hopes, protector of one's deepest privacies. It was half insane with its noise, violence, and decay, but it gave one the tender security of fulfillment. On winter afternoons, from my office, there were sunsets across Manhattan when the smog itself shimmered and glowed… Despite its difficulties, which become more obvious all the time, one was constantly put to the test by this city, which finally came down to its people; no other place in America had quite such people and they would not allow you to go stale; in the end they were its triumph and its reward.”
Willie Morris

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