Academic journal article Southern Cultures

Doug Marlette

Academic journal article Southern Cultures

Doug Marlette

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On July 10 Doug Marlette was killed when the pickup truck in which he was a passenger slid off the road in a rainstorm near Byhalia, Mississippi. He was on his way to Oxford to help some high school students who were preparing a production of Kudzu." A Southern Musical, the musical comedy Doug wrote with Bland Simpson and Jack Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers.

Doug described that musical, based on his well-known comic strip, as "a love letter to the South," and we're proud that the Center for the Study of the American South, the parent organization of Southern Cultures, sponsored Kudzu's first production, a staged reading in Chapel Hill in 1996.

Dozens of appreciative obituaries listed the many achievements of Doug's fifty-seven years--Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartoons, Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, an award-winning first novel--but only a few mentioned his extraordinary generosity. He was always ready to help out people and organizations that needed him. Public libraries, public radio stations, elementary schools, civic clubs--all sorts of worthy but impoverished institutions called on him for help. …

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