2023 Centenary Muses Spring Study Series

Featuring Dr. Jefferson Hendricks
The Short Stories of John William Corrington

About Jefferson Hendricks: Jeff Hendricks has taught in the English Department since 1983 and is presently Chair of the Department. A native of north Louisiana, he received his AB in from Centenary and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  The editor of four books on the 20th century American poet Edwin Rolfe, he is also the Editor-in-Chief of Storyport Press, Centenary's English language press.

John William "Bill" Corrington (1932-1988) was raised in Shreveport and was a graduate of Centenary College ('56). With graduate degrees from Rice University (MA, 1960), the University of Sussex (D.Phil., 1964), and Tulane University (J.D., 1975), Corrington pursued a wide-ranging career. He was variously an English professor, an attorney in private practice in New Orleans, and, with his wife, Joyce, the head writer for several television series, including Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital. A prolific poet, he also published four novels, two short novels, and three collections of short stories. He is probably best known as the author of the short novel Decoration Day, thanks to the 1990 film starring James Garner, Ruby Dee, and Laurence Fishburne. Corrington and his friend, poet Miller Williams, also edited a two-volume edition of Southern Writing in the Sixties, a collection of poems and short stories which Ernest Gaines, one of Louisiana's best novelists, praised: "Many young Southerners unknown then are known today. And much of that can be credited to Corrington and Williams."

Text John William Corrington, The Collected Short Fiction of John William Corrington. Volume 1. Edited by Joyce H. Corrington. Amazon

  • March 28 – “Union In The Rain”; “Legend”; “Reunion”; “Doctor Aorta”
  • April 4 – No Session Spring Break
  • April 11 – “First Blood”; “To Carthage Then I Came”; “If Time Were Not/A Moving Thing”; “The Lonesome Traveler”
  • April 18– “The Retrievers”; “A Time To Embrace”; “The Arrangement”; “The Dark Corner”
  • April 25 – “Keep Them Cards and Letters Comin’ In”; “Old Men Dream Dreams, Young Men See Visions”; “The Actes and Monuments”; “Every Act Whatever of Man”

Please have the assignment for March 28 read before class.

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