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Lewis Nordan

Born: Aug 23, 1939

Death: Apr 13, 2012

Birthplace: Forest

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Lewis Nordan

Date of Birth : Aug 23, 1939
Date of Death : Apr 13, 2012
Birth Place : Forest

Lewis Nordan was an American writer. Nordan was born to Lemuel and Sara Bayles in Forest, Mississippi, grew up in Itta Bena, Mississippi. He received his B.A. at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, his M.A. from Mississippi State University, and his PhD from Auburn University in Alabama. In 1983, at age forty-five, Nordan published his first collection of stories, Welcome to the Arrow-Catcher Fair. The collection established him as a writer in the Southern tradition of William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, and Flannery O'Connor. It also established a place for Nordan's fiction, the fictional Arrow Catcher, Mississippi, a small town in the Mississippi Delta based loosely on Nordan's hometown of Itta Bena. After the short-story collection The All-Girl Football Team followed Music of the Swamp, a novel/short-story cycle featuring Nordan's spiritual alter ego, the young Sugar Mecklin, as the protagonist. The book features aspects of magic realism that would become one of Nordan's trademarks, along with a peculiar mix of the tragic and the hilarious. Wolf Whistle, Nordan's second novel, was both a critical and public success.


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