HEMPHILL, PAUL, 1936-2009


Sportswriter; novelist.  Born– February 18, 1936, Birmingham. Parents– Paul and Velma Rebecca (Nelson) Hemphill. Married– Susan Milliage Olive, September 23, 1961. Children– Three. Married Susan Farran Percy, 1977. Children–one.  Education– Auburn University, B.A., 1959; Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, 1968-1969. Alabama Air National Guard, on active duty, serving in France, 1961-1962. Sportswriter for newspapers in Birmingham and Augusta, Georgia, 1964-1969; columnist for the Atlanta Journal, 1965-69.  Writer-in-residence at several colleges. Free-lance writer after 1969. Visiting lecturer, University of Georgia, 1973. Literary Achievement award, Georgia Writers Association, 1970; Distinguished Achievement by Alumni award, Auburn University, 1985. Died July 11, 2009.


Contemporary Authors online; Auburn Alumnews, May 1985; obituary


The Ballad of Little River:  A Tale of Race and Restless Youth in the Rural South.  Free Press, 2000.

The Good Old Boys. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1974.

The Heart of the Game:  The Education of a Minor League Ballplayer.  Simon and Schuster, 1996.

King of the Road. Boston; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1989.

Leaving Birmingham: Notes of a Native Son.  Viking, 1993.

Long Gone; a Novel. New York; Viking Press, 1979.

Lost in the Lights: Sports, Dreams, and Life.  University of Alabama Press, 2003.

Lovesick Blues:  The Life of Hank Williams.  Viking, 2005.

Me and the Boy. New York; Macmillan, 1986.

The Nashville Sound; Bright Lights and Country Music. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1970.

The Sixkiller Chronicles. New York; Macmillan, 1985.

A Tiger Walk through History: The Complete Story of Auburn Football…. University of Alabama Press, 2008.

Too Old to Cry. New York; Viking, 1981.

Wheels:  A Season on  NASCAR’S Winston Cup Circuit.  Simon and Schuster, 1997.


Mayor; Notes on the Sixties. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1971.


A collection of the papers of Paul Hemphill is held by the Special Collections Department at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.