WALTER, EUGENE, 1927-1998


Author; editor, set designer, puppeteer; international personality. Born– November 30, 1927, in Mobile, Ala. Parents– Eugene and Muriel (Sabina) Walter. Education– Spring Hill College; University of Alabama, Mobile Extension Division; Museum of Modern Art, New York City; New School for Social Research, New York University; Alliance Francaise; Institute Brittanique de la Sorbonne; Institute Dante Alighieri. U.S. Army Airways Communications Systems cryptographer, 1942-1946. Associate editor, Botteghe Oscure, 1950-1959; Paris Review, 1951-1960; Folder, 1951-1954; Whetstone, 1953-1958; Intro Bulletin, 1957-1958; contributing editor, Transatlantic Review, 1959-1977. Translated many screenplays.  Prize winning scenic designer of more than 60 stage productions. Toured his own marionette theater to schools and prisons in Gulf Coast Region. Played character parts in films, including those of the Italian director Frederico Fellini. Played recorder with Ancient Instruments Society. Founder and manager, Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Awarded Lippincott Fiction Prize in 1954 for The Untidy Pilgrim; Sewanee-Rockerfeller Fellowship in 1956 for Monkey Poems; O. Henry Citation in 1959 for I Love You Batty Sisters.  The subject of a documentary film, Eugene Walter; The Last of the Bohemians, Waterfront Pictures, 2008.  Died March 29, 1998.


Contemporary Authors online; Alabama Public Library Service.


American Cooking; Southern Style. Alexandria, Va.; Time Life Books, 1971.

Byzantine Riddle and Other Stories. London; Methuen, 1985.

Delectable Dishes from Termite Hall; Rare and Unusual Recipes. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1988.

Hints and Pinches; a Concise Compendium of Herbs, Spices, and Aromatics, with Illustrative Recipes and Asides on Relishes, Chutneys, and Other Such Concerns. Atlanta; Longstreet Press, 1991.

Jennie the Watercress Girl. Rome; Willoughby Institute, 1947.

The Likes of Which. Washington, D.C.; Decatur House Press, 1980.

Lizard Fever; Poems lyric, satiric, sardonic, elegaic.  Livingston University Press, 1994/

Love You Good, See You Later. New York; Scribner, 1964.

Milking the Moon; A Southerner’s Story of Life on this Planet.  New York; Three Rivers Press, 2001.

Mobile Mardis Gras Annual, 1948. Mobile, Ala.; Haunted Book Shop, 1948.

Monkey Poems. New York; Noonday, 1954.

The Pack Rat and Other Antics, 1937-1987. Mobile, Ala.; Willoughby Institute, 1987.

The Pokeweed Alphabet; or, a Child’s Garden of Vices. Mobile, Ala.; Willoughby Institute, 1981.

Singerie-Songerie (Ballet-opera). Rome; Willoughby Institute, 1958.

Two Sonnets. Mobile, Ala.; s.n., 1990.

The Untidy Pilgrim. Philadelphia; Lipppincott, 1954.

Joint Publication(s):

Shapes of the River. London; Gaberbocchus Press, 1955.