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Civil Rights, Mississippi, and the Novelist's Craft

Author's Notes
Ellen Douglas

thumbnail of book The Rock Cried Out, by Ellen Douglas
Ellen Douglas is the pseudonym of Mississippi author Josephine Haxton. She received a grant from the National Endowment Association to complete The Rock Cried Out (1979), which won a literature award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. In this novel, a young man returns home to Mississippi where he seeks to understand the tragic death of a beautiful cousin seven years earlier in the midst of the 1964 Freedom Summer.

On display from the Ellen Douglas Collection is a timeline of events created by the author, as well as a typed manuscript from one of her drafts.

View a copy of Ellen Douglas's notes for The Rock Cried Out .

View a copy of Ellen Douglas's typed manuscript for The Rock Cried Out .