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Peterkin, Julia

Born: 1880 AD
Died: 1961 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Novelists

1880 – Born on October 31st in Laurens County, South Carolina. American fiction writer.

1920 – Peterkin was initially recognized for her portrayal of the Gullahs as complete, meaningful characters, which undermined the stereotypical view of blacks.

1924 – Peterkin’s first book, Green Thursday, is a series of sketches and stories tied together by a narrative that centers on a black plantation family.

1925 – Recipient of the O. Henry Award for Best Short Story for "Maum Lou".

1927 – Black April, her next work, is the story of the plantation foreman, a heroic figure who is brought to ruin by a combination of physical illness and social circumstances.

1928 – Scarlet Sister Mary was Peterkin’s greatest success.

         – Scarlet Sister Mary was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

1930 – Received the O. Henry Award for Best Short Story for "The Diamond Ring".

1961 – Died on August in Lang Syne Plantation, near Fort Motte, South Carolina.

1970 – Collected Short Stories of Julia Peterkin renewed critical debate on Peterkin’s importance.