DEAL, BORDEN, 1922-1985


Writer. 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. 3 children. (3) Patricia Deal.  Education– 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; published reviews, essays, and stories as well as 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, Vol. 1R, 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 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.