Ellen Douglas

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American writer

Why Is Ellen Douglas Influential?

According to Wikipedia, Ellen Douglas was the pen name of Josephine Ayres Haxton , an American author. Her 1973 novel Apostles of Light was a National Book Award nominee. Biography Douglas was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and grew up in Hope, Arkansas, and Alexandria, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1942 and later settled in Greenville, Mississippi with her husband Kenneth Haxton. She had three sons with Haxton: Richard, Brooks and Ayres. She later taught writing at Ole' Miss. She adopted the pen name Ellen Douglas before the publication of A Family’s Affairs to protect the privacy of two aunts, on whose lives she had based much of the plot.

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