DEAL, BORDEN, 1922-1985


Novelist. Born– October 12, 1922, Pontotoc, Mississippi. Parents– Borden Lee and Jimmie Anne (Smith) Deal. Married–(1) Lillian Slobtotsky, 1950. One child. (2) Babs Hodges, 1952. Children-three. (3) Patricia Deal.  Education–attended business school in Jackson, Mississippi;  University of Alabama, B.A., 1949; graduate study at Mexico City College 1950. Military service U. S. Navy 1942-45. Published his first short story in 1948; worked at various short-term jobs until 1955, when his first novel was published. Published over one hundred stories as well as reviews, essays, and  novels. Member of the Authors Guild. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1967; a McDowell Colony Fellowship; the Literary Award of the Alabama Library Association, 1963. Designated “Sesquicentennial Scholar”, during the University of Alabama’s 150th Anniversary, 1981.  Died January 22, 1985.


Contemporary Authors online;  Alabama Alumni News, Vol. 65, Number 4, and files at Alabama Public Library Service.

Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967.  Jackson:  University Press of Mississippi, 1981.


Adventure. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1978.

The Advocate. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1968.

Bluegrass. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1976.

The Devil’s Whisper. New York; Avon, 1961.

Dragon’s Wine. New York; Scribner, 1960.

Dunbar’s Cove. New York; Scribner, 1957.

The Insolent Breed. New York; Scribner, 1959.

Interstate. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1970.

Killer in the House. New York; New American Library, 1957.

The Least One. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1967.

A Long Way to Go. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1965.

The Loser. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1964.

A Neo-Socratic Dialogue on the Reluctant Empire. Baldwyn, Miss.; Outlaw Press, 1971.

Search for Surrender. Greenwich, Conn.; Gold Medal, 1957.

The Other Room.  Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974.

The Secret of Sylvia. Greenwich, Conn.; Gold Medal, 1958.  [as Lee Borden].

The Spangled Road. New York; Scribner, 1962.

There Were Also Strangers. Far Hills, N.J.; New Horizon Press, 1985.

The Tobacco Men. New York; Holt, 1965.

Walk Through the Valley. New York; Scribner, 1950.


The papers of Borden Deal are held by Boston University.