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Bradford, Roark Whitney Wickliffe

L. Moody Simms

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1600168

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Bradford, Roark Whitney Wickliffe (21 August 1886–13 November 1948), fiction writer and journalist, was born on his family’s cotton plantation in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, near the Mississippi River, the son of Richard Clarence Bradford, an affluent lawyer and planter, and Patricia Adelaide Tillman. Growing up on the plantation, Bradford played with the children of the nearly twenty black families that worked there. He frequently visited the black quarters and the local black church, all the while absorbing the stories and songs of the black plantation culture. This landscape proved to be the major influence on Bradford’s subsequent literary career, providing the basis for the settings and characters of much of the fiction that won him acclaim in the 1920s and 1930s....

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Subjects: Journalism ; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers)

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