FORD, JESSE HILL, JR., 1928-1996

Novelist. Born– December 28, 1928, Troy. Parents– Jesse Hill and Lucille (Musgrove) Ford. Married– Sally Davis. Children–four.  Married Lillian Pellettieri Chandler. Education: Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1951; University of Florida, M.A., 1955; University of Oslo, 1961-1962. Reporter for the Nashville Tennessean while at Vanderbilt. Served as a naval officer during Korean War. Employed as news writer by the Florida Extension Division, 1953-1955; director of public relations for the Tennessee Medical Association, 1955-1956; assistant director of public relations for American Medical Association, 1956-1957; writer-in-residence at the University of Rochester, 1974; Memphis State University; and the University of Alabama in Birmingham, 1977-78. Free-lance writer, 1977-96. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966; received the Alabama Library Association Author’s Awards, 1966; National Book Award, 1966; Edgar Award for best short story, 1976. Died June 1, 1996.


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The Conversion of Buster Drumwright. Nashville; Vanderbilt University Press, 1964.

The Feast of St. Barnabas. Boston; Little, Brown, 1969.

Fishes, Birds and Sons of Men. Boston; Little, Brown, 1967.

The Jail. New York: Glen Ober Associates, 1970.

The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones. Boston; Little, Brown, 1965; rpt. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993.

The Life of Edward Potter, Jr. Nashville; Commerce Union Bank, 1977.

Mountains of Gilead. Boston; Little, Brown, 1961.

The Raider. Boston; Little, Brown, 1975.