Ben Ames Williams


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(1889–1953), born in Mississippi, graduated from Dartmouth (1910) and became a journalist in Boston until he published his first novel, All the Brothers Were Valiant (1919). Of his many popular novels, several are detective stories such as The Silver Forest (1926), The Dreadful Night (1928), and Money Musk (1932). Evered (1921), Audacity (1924), and Immortal Longings (1927) are concerned with Maine life; Black Pawl (1922), Touchstone (1930), Honeyflow (1932), Leave Her to Heaven (1944), and It's a Free Country (1945) are character studies; Splendor (1927) deals with newspapermen; Great Oaks (1930), Come Spring (1940), and Time of Peace (1942) are panoramas of American life; House Divided (1947) is a long novel about the Civil War; and The Unconquered (1953) deals with interracial strife in post-Civil War New Orleans. Thrifty Stock (1923) and other books collect his popular stories. He edited (1949) the Diary of life during the Confederacy by Mary Boykin Chesnut.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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