- Lily (1964) published under pseudonym Gilbert Terrell
- Willa (1961) published under pseudonym Gilbert Terrell
- Missy (1961) published under pseudonym Gilbert Terrell
- The Prisoners (1956)
- Souvenir (1953)
Scripts and Music
- Faulkner’s Mississippi: Land Into Legend (film script)
- The Battle of Harrykin Creek (book and music)
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1925, Evans Harrington and his family then moved first to Mobile, and then to Clinton, Mississippi, and then several towns in south Mississippi. He spent his teenage years in Jones County, Mississippi. Evans Harrington served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. After the war was over, he attended Mississippi College, where he earned a B.A. He taught English in high school for two years in Decatur, Mississippi, prior to earning his M.A. at the University of Mississippi in 1951. He taught at the University High School for four years and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1968. He was an English instructor and then a professor at the University of Mississippi from 1956 to 1991. Harrington was a longtime chair of the English Department there and a noted scholar. He was at the forefront of the writer-in-residence searches which brought authors like Willie Morris and Barry Hannah to the University. He also worked on the committees for the Southern Literary Festival and the Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference.
Under the pseudonym Gilbert Terrell, Harrington published three works of fiction: Lily (1964), Willa (1961) and Missy (1961). His first published writing was the short story Souvenir, which appeared in the 1953 issue of the journal Today’s Woman. Later he wrote thirteen more short stories and numerous reviews and essays, published in the Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Shenandoah, Delta Review, Southern Review, Yale Review, Faulkner Studies, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The Prisoners, the only novel published under his own name, was published in 1956. It was inspired by the stories his father (a Baptist minister and the chaplain at Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi ) told him and Harrington’s own visits to Parchman.
Harrington also wrote the script for the film Faulkner’s Mississippi: Land into Legend, and the book and lyrics for The Battle of Harrykin Creek, a musical comedy based on two of Faulkner’s short stories. He also selected and arranged passages for dramatic readings, called Voices from Yoknapatawpha. In addition, Harrington served three terms as president of the Southern Literary Festival Association and was in charge of its programs in 1965, 1978 and 1987.
He and his wife Betty lived in Oxford, Mississippi. Evans Harrington died in 1997.
- Fascinating interview with Dr. Evans Harrington by John Jones (1980)
- Ole Miss former students and colleagues remember Harrington
- The University of Mississippi Libraries Evans B. Harrington collection with historical biography
- Interview with Dr. Evans Harrington (1980)