HANNAH, BARRY, 1942-2010


Writer, teacher of writing. Born– April 23, 1942, in Meridian, Miss. Parents– William and Elizabeth (King) Hannah. Married–Susan Varas.  Children–three. Education– Mississippi College, B.A., 1964; University of Arkansas, M.A., 1966; M.F.A., 1967. Taught at Clemson University, 1967-1973; writer-in-residence, Middlebury College, 1974-75; University of Alabama, 1975-1980. Writer for the filmmaker, Robert Altman, Hollywood, 1980; writer-in-residence, University of Iowa, 1981; University of Mississippi, 1982; University of Montana, 1982-1983. Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program, University of Mississippi, 1987-2010.  Received many awards for his work, including  a fiction award from Bellaman Foundation, 1970; Breadloaf Fellowship, 1971; novel, Geronimo Rex, nomination for National Book Award, 1972; Arnold Gingrich Award from Esquire for Airships, 1978; special award from American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1978; Pulitizer Prize for Fiction, 1996; PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction, 2003. Died March 1, 2010.


Contemporary Authors online; Mississippi Writers website; obituary


Airships. New York; Knopf, 1978.

Bats Out of Hell. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

Black Butterfly.  Winston-Salem:  Palaemon Press, 1982..

Boomerang. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Captain Maximus; Stories. New York; Knopf, 1985.

Geronimo Rex. New York; Knopf, 1985.

Hey Jack! New York: Dutton, 1987.

High Lonesome. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996.

Long, Last, Happy.  New York; Grove Press, 2010.

Never Die. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1991.

Nightwatchman. New York; Viking, 1973.

Power and Light. Winston Salem, N.C.; Palaeman Press, 1983.

Ray. New York; Knopf, 1981.

The Tennis Handsome. New York; Knopf, 1983.

Two Stories.  Jackson, MS; Nouveau Press, 1982.

Yonder Stands Your Orphan. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001.


Men without Ties.  New York; Abbeville Press, 1995.


A collection of the papers of Barry Hannah, including correspondence and manuscripts, is held by the Library of the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

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