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First printing (per publisher's number line upon copyright page) SIGNED BY BOTH EDITORS, THE BOOK'S ILLUSTRATOR, AND THREE CONTRIBUTORS. vi, 209 pages. Hardcover: H 25.75cm x L 18cm. Dust jacket lightly rubbed with slight bumping at spine ends. Tan cloth spine with heel bumped; green boards. Red ink seasonal greeting "Merry Christmas 2001" at top of title page followed by red ink signature of in matching handwriting of co-editor Charline R. McCord, green ink signature of co-editor Judy Tucker and black ink signature of illustrator Wyatt Waters all near title page center adjacent to their printed names. Table of Contents (pages v-vi) have legible black ink signatures of contributing authors Chris Gilmer and Jacqueline Wheelock plus the illegibly written black ink signature of what is presumably author Jerry L. Bustin which has some associated ink smudging on opposing recto (i.e. page 1). Interior leaves are otherwise clean. Binding is firm. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Features short stories and excerpts by Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Judy H. Tucker, Ellen Gilchrist, Chris Gilmer, Caroline Langston, Clifton L. Taulbert, Nancy Isonhood, Barry Hannah, Charline R. McCord, Jerry L. Bustin, Elizabeth Spencer, Carolyn Haines, Edward Cohen, Jacqueline Wheelock, Marion Barnwell, and Willie Morris with illustrations by Jackson, Mississippi artist Wyatt Waters who is noted for his vibrant streetscape watercolors. ISBN 1578063817. Bookseller Inventory #

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How do you create Christmas spirit when the temperature refuses to dip below fifty degrees or when snow is a miracle that vanishes at sunrise?

Held together by bonds of family, soil, and history, Mississippians share a peculiar yuletide experience in the Deep South. To capture the state's unique holiday glow, Christmas Stories from Mississippi packages writings by such greats as Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, Elizabeth Spencer, Clifton Taulbert, Barry Hannah, William Faulkner, and Ellen Gilchrist with the work of such rising stars as Edward Cohen, Carolyn Haines, and Caroline Langston.

Illustrated by one of Mississippi's best known artists, Wyatt Waters, these seventeen short stories and essays reveal the wonders and sorrows of Christmastime and the special poignancy of childhood memories. With Waters's touch, the book makes the perfect gift for literary readers and anyone who relishes life in Mississippi.

Christmas Stories from Mississippi opens with Welty's classic, "A Worn Path," and closes with Morris's personal reflection, "Christmases Gone, Revisited." Between the writings of these two Mississippi literary giants are stories, memoirs, essays, and excerpts such as Spencer's "Presents," Gilchrist's "Surviving the Holiday Season," an excerpt from Faulkner's Light in August, Hannah's "Sermon with Meath," and Taulbert's "Quilts: Kiver for My Children."

The many storytellers and many perspectives in Christmas Stories from Mississippi share Southern experiences in which families create their own entertainment, relish and break traditions, and celebrate a season in ways no other region's families can.

From the Inside Flap: Classic and up-and-coming Mississippi authors share unique Yuletide experiences from the Deep South

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Title: CHRISTMAS STORIES FROM MISSISSIPPI.
Publisher: Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

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