Along with a great Greenville writer picture: Walker Percy, Charles Bell, Ellen Douglas, and Shelby Foote.
Ellen Douglas, a Mississippi-born writer whose novels explored the uneasy, sometimes surprisingly tender alliances between black and white women in the American South, died on Wednesday at her home in Jackson, Miss….
Throughout her career, Ms. Douglas was praised for her unflinching yet sympathetic characterizations, and for her ear for the nuances of Southern speech as it varied across the races and the sexes.
She was also known as a fluid stylist. Because much of her work was set in Mississippi, critics reflexively compared it to Faulkner, an analogy that caused her no small irritation over time. She herself preferred to cite the Czech novelist Milan Kundera as an abiding influence.