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Christmas Stories from Mississippi

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How do you create Christmas spirit when the temperature refuses to dip below fifty degrees or when snow is a miracle that vanishes at sunrise?

Held together by bonds of family, soil, and history, Mississippians share a peculiar yuletide experience in the Deep South. To capture the state's unique holiday glow, Christmas Stories from Mississippi packages writings by such greats as Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, Elizabeth Spencer, Clifton Taulbert, Barry Hannah, William Faulkner, and...

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Overview

How do you create Christmas spirit when the temperature refuses to dip below fifty degrees or when snow is a miracle that vanishes at sunrise?

Held together by bonds of family, soil, and history, Mississippians share a peculiar yuletide experience in the Deep South. To capture the state's unique holiday glow, Christmas Stories from Mississippi packages writings by such greats as Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, Elizabeth Spencer, Clifton Taulbert, Barry Hannah, William Faulkner, and Ellen Gilchrist with the work of such rising stars as Edward Cohen, Carolyn Haines, and Caroline Langston.

Illustrated by one of Mississippi's best known artists, Wyatt Waters, these seventeen short stories and essays reveal the wonders and sorrows of Christmastime and the special poignancy of childhood memories. With Waters's touch, the book makes the perfect gift for literary readers and anyone who relishes life in Mississippi.

Christmas Stories from Mississippi opens with Welty's classic, "A Worn Path," and closes with Morris's personal reflection, "Christmases Gone, Revisited." Between the writings of these two Mississippi literary giants are stories, memoirs, essays, and excerpts such as Spencer's "Presents," Gilchrist's "Surviving the Holiday Season," an excerpt from Faulkner's Light in August, Hannah's "Sermon with Meath," and Taulbert's "Quilts: Kiver for My Children."

The many storytellers and many perspectives in Christmas Stories from Mississippi share Southern experiences in which families create their own entertainment, relish and break traditions, and celebrate a season in ways no other region's families can.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578063819
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 10/3/2001
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author


Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, and Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, have coedited numerous books, including Christmas Memories from Mississippi, Growing Up in Mississippi, and the forthcoming Coming Home to Mississippi, all available from the University Press of Mississippi.

Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, and Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, have coedited numerous books, including Christmas Memories from Mississippi, Growing Up in Mississippi, and the forthcoming Coming Home to Mississippi, all available from the University Press of Mississippi.

Wyatt Waters of Clinton, Mississippi, has illustrated numerous books featuring his watercolors, including Another Coat of Paint and Painting Home.

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Table of Contents

A Worn Path 3
From Light in August 13
Clara's Star 19
Surviving the Holiday Season: One Woman's Crusade Against Christmas 47
Finally, John Boy 53
Christmas 1976 61
Quilts: Kiver for My Children 73
The Morning Stove 79
Sermon with Meath 87
Home for Christmas 97
Big Red 117
Presents 125
Land of the Giants 133
From The Peddler's Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi 147
Christmas Lights 153
Poets, Plumbers, and the Baby Jesus 177
Christmases Gone Revisited 197
Contributors 205
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