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Josephine Humphreys (born February 2, 1945) is a U.S. novelist. February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, which is also the setting of her novels Rich in Love and The Fireman's Fair, Humphreys was educated at Ashley Hall (Class of 63), studied creative writing with Reynolds Price at Duke University and then went on to attend Yale University and the University of Texas. From 1970 to 1977, before beginning her writing career, she taught English at Charleston. Motto: Fedes Mores Juraque Curat Nickname: The Holy City, The Palmetto City, The Marina City, Chucktown, The Big C-H-S, The Big Sweet Grass Basket Location in South Carolina Founded  -Incorporated 1670   County Berkeley Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. ... Ashley Hall is a rather exclusive girls school in Charleston, South Carolina. ... Creative writing is a term used to distinguish certain imaginative or different types of writing from generic writing. ... Reynolds Price Reynolds Price (born February 1, 1933) is an award-winning U.S. novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University [1]. Apart from English literature, Price has had a lifelong interest in ancient languages and biblical scholarship. ... Duke Chapel Duke University is a private, coeducational university in Durham, North Carolina in the United States. ... For other uses, see Yale (disambiguation). ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ...

While her first three novels are mainly about contemporary family life in the South, her latest book, Nowhere Else on Earth, is a departure from her previous work in that it is a historical novel based on a true story which happened during the American Civil War. The Southern United States or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... An historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the lifetime of the author -- distinguish and contrast the alternate history genre. ... The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the United States – forces coming mostly from the 23 northern states of the Union – and the newly-formed Confederate States of America, which consisted of 11 southern states that had declared their secession. ...

Rich in Love, probably her best-known novel, was made into a 1993 Hollywood movie directed by Bruce Beresford (screenplay by Alfred Uhry) starring Albert Finney, Jill Clayburgh, Kathryn Erbe, Suzy Amis, and Kyle MacLachlan. See also: 1992 in film, other events of 1993, 1994 in film, list of years in film. Events March 31 - Actor Brandon Lee is accidentally killed during the filming of The Crow. ... ... Bruce Beresford Bruce Beresford (born 16 August 1940) is an Australian film director, and to a much lesser extent writer, producer and actor. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Alfred Fox Uhry (born December 3, 1936) is an American playwright best known for the play and screenplay of Driving Miss Daisy. ... Albert Finney Albert Finney (born 9 May 1936) is a British actor. ... Jill Clayburgh (born April 30, 1944) is an American actress. ... Kathryn Erbe (born July 5, 1966 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an is an American actress best known for her role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a spin-off of Law & Order. ... Suzy Amis (born January 5, 1962 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American film actress. ... Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks Dune (1984) Kyle MacLachlan (born February 22, 1959 in Yakima, Washington) is an American actor best known for his work with American film director David Lynch. ...

Josephine Humphreys is the winner of the 1984 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lyndhurst Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award is awarded annually to a novel or book of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction. ... Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. ... American Academy of Arts and Letters is an organization whose goal is to foster, assist, and sustain an interest in American literature, music, and art. ...


  • Dreams of Sleep (1983)
  • Rich in Love (1987)
  • The Fireman's Fair (1991)
  • Nowhere Else on Earth (2000)

See also: 1982 in literature, other events of 1983, 1984 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1986 in literature, other events of 1987, 1988 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1990 in literature, other events of 1991, 1992 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1999 in literature, other events of 2000, 2001 in literature, list of years in literature. ...

See also

Southern literature is defined as literature about the Southern United States or by writers from this region. ... The Fellowship of Southern Writers is a literary organization headquartered at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. ...

External link

  • Photos from a 2001 appearance

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