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(November 29, 1934-August 2, 1999) Born in Jackson, Mississippi. Educated at the University of Texas, graduating in 1956 with a Rhodes scholarship to New College, Oxford (M.A., 1960). Worked for the Texas Observer in Austin as associate editor and eventually editor-in-chief (1960-62), and then at Harper's magazine (1963-71), as editor-in-chief beginning in 1967. Author of novels The Last of the Southern Girls (1973) and Taps (published posthumously, 2002); a collection of stories, After All, It's Only a Game (1992); memoirs North Toward Home (1967), James Jones: A Friendship (1978), New York Days (1993), My Dog Skip (1995), and My Cat Spit McGee (1999); children's books Good Old Boy (1971) and Good Old Boy and the Witch of Yazoo (1989); essay collections Terrains of the Heart (1981) and Always Stand in Against the Curve (1983); and nonfiction The South Today: 100 Years After Appomattox (1965), Yazoo: Integration in a Deep Southern Town (1971), The Courting of Marchis Dupree (1983), and The Ghosts of Medgar Evers (1998).