Charles East

Major Works

  • Vanishing Georgia: Photographs from the Vanishing Georgia Collection, Georgia Department of Archives and History (Editor, 2002)
  • Listening to the Voices: Stories from the Flannery O’Connor Award (Editor, 1998)
  • Distant Friends and Intimate Strangers (1996)
  • The Flannery O’Connor Award: Selected Stories (Editor, 1992)
  • Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary Of A Southern Woman (1991)

    Charles East

    Charles East

  • The New Writers of the South: A Fiction Anthology (1987) Charles East (Editor)
  • Baton Rouge a Civil War Album Signed (1977)
  • Where the Music Was: Fifteen Stories (1965)
  • Four Louisiana Civil War Stories (1961)

Charles East: A Biography

Charles East was born in Shelby, Mississippi, on December 11, 1924, to Elmo M. and Mabel (Gradolph) East. He married Sarah Simmons and received a B. S. and an M. A. from Louisiana State University. In 1948 to 1949, he worked for Colliers in New York. He then became a reporter and then editor of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (1949 to 1957). From 1958 to 1962, East worked for the State-Times before becoming the editor and then director of the Louisiana State University Press. From 1980 to 1983 he was editor and director of the University of Georgia Press.  Editor, newspaperman, author, freelance writer, and collector of photographs, his papers are in the Louisiana State University library.

His best known works are Where the Music Was: Fifteen Stories (1965) and Distant Friends and Intimate Strangers (1996). He has served as the editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award series. He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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