Mississippi Writers and Musicians

Charles East 1924-

Major Works

  • Four Louisiana Civil War Stories 1961
  • Where the Music Was: Fifteen Stories 1965
  • Baton Rouge a Civil War Album Signed 1977
  • The New Writers of the South: A Fiction Anthology (1987) Charles East (Editor)
  • Distant Friends and Intimate Strangers 1996
  • Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary Of A Southern Woman 1991


Bev Marshall : 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.

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.



Related Websites

Charles East's papers are in the Louisiana State University library.





February 12. 2009
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