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Novelist Richard Ford’s ‘sad happiness’

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Mississippi has long produced American literary giants, among them William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams. Richard Ford has built on that tradition with his acclaimed novel The Sportswriter and its follow-up, Independence Day. The books tell the story of Frank Bascombe, a failed novelist turned sportswriter turned real estate agent. In a soft southern drawl, Ford talks with Eleanor Wachtel of CBC Radio's Writers and Company about the character who has struck a chord with readers everywhere.

Medium: Radio
Program: Writers & Company
Broadcast Date: Nov. 12, 1995
Guest(s): Richard Ford
Host: Eleanor Wachtel
Duration: 40:10
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.
Photo: Canadian Press image archive

Did You know?

• Though Richard Ford was born in Mississippi, his novels (save one) are not set there or anywhere in the southern United States. "Personally, I don't think there is such a thing as Southern writing or Southern literature or Southern ethos," Ford once said.
• In this clip, Ford discusses fellow Mississippi author Eudora Welty. She died in 2001, and he served as a pallbearer at her funeral as well as her literary executor. That gives him the power to make decisions about issuing her unpublished work.



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