A noted Civil War author and professor of American history at The
University of Southern Mississippi will receive the 2004 Richard
Wright Literary Award.
K. Scarborough will be honored at the Natchez Literary and Cinema
Celebration on Feb. 28 for his nonfiction work Masters of the Big
1994, the award honors internationally known author Richard Wright,
a Mississippian whose first novel, Native Son, achieved immediate
success upon its release in 1940.
two living writers with strong ties to Mississippi are honored in
both a fiction and nonfiction/historical category. Novelist Greg
Iles is the recipient of this year's fiction category award.
quite an honor just to be considered for this award, given the accomplishments
of the past recipients," Scarborough said.
include Eudora Welty, 1994; Margaret Walker Alexander, 1995; Ellen
Douglas and Willie Morris, 1996; Shelby Foote and Elizabeth Spencer,
1997; Richard Ford and Will Campbell, 1998; Barry Hannah and Sterling
Plumpp, 1999; Beth Henley and David Sansing, 2000; John Grisham
and Bill Minor, 2001; John Marszalek and Lewis Nordan, 2002; and
Clifton Taulbert and T.R. Hummer.
Scarborough's winning the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award
confirms what anyone who has read his work already knows: he is
an outstanding scholar and a gifted writer," said Dr. Chuck
Bolton, chair of the Department of History at Southern Miss.
scholarly chronicles of the slaveholding South go back to his first
book, The Overseer, published in 1966. His latest effort, published
by LSU Press, focuses on the wealthiest few among the antebellum
planters, those who owned 250 slaves or more. Reviewed in the October
edition of the Atlantic Monthly, Scarborough's book was called "a
remarkable feat of archival excavation."
a leading authority on the plantation slavery system of the Old
South, Scarborough has written or edited more than five books, chapters
in four other books, a dozen articles and more than 60 book reviews.
Scarborough also wrote The Diary of Edmund Ruffin, which, along
with his latest book, won the Jules and Frances Landry Award (1989,
2003), which is given by LSU Press to the best manuscript submitted
during the calendar year in the field of Southern Studies. He is
only the fourth author in the 35-year history of the award to have
won it twice.