Mary Ward Brown


More often than not,  you can find one of Alabama’s many wild and varied cast of homegrown characters – football coaches, fiery politicians, American Idol stars — gracing national headlines. Few people outside of literary circles, however, know that one of Alabama’s greatest but lesser known voices, Mary Ward Brown, passed away recently. I remember when I first read her book of short stories in the late 1980s how shocked and grateful I was for her insight into the complexity and subtleties of the Deep South during a time when so much had changed, yet so much had stayed the same the same. Below are three articles worth reading about Mary Ward Brown, one written by Kerry Madden, the author of the young adult biography Up Close: Harper Lee; one by the southern historian, Wayne Flynt; and the last by Bruce Weber.







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