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RIP Marion Montgomery

December 11, 2011

The Intercollegiate Institute and Online Athens have recently published memorials to University of Georgia’s Dr. Marion Montgomery, who died the day before Thanksgiving this year.

Erin France reports, after speaking to Dr. Montgomery’s daughter:

…Montgomery, 86, penned novels, short stories, poetry and essays and knew many authors including Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy and Eudora Welty.

Besides his writing, Montgomery also was known for his love of teaching.

He taught at UGA for 33 years, but even after his retirement in 1987, Montgomery continued to lecture at events held across the world.

Many of his students continued to keep in touch long after they left his classroom….(more)

Jed Donahue adds:

…Marion Montgomery, scholar, critic, and award-winning poet and novelist, died last week at the age of eighty-six. A prolific author, he published more than twenty books during his long career, including a monumental three-volume cultural critique, ‘The Prophetic Poet and the Popular Spirit.’ He also wrote such memorably titled works as ‘With Walker Percy at the Tupperware Party,’ ‘Hillbilly Thomist,’ and ‘Why Poe Drank Liquor.’…(more)

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