William Weaks "Willie" Morris (November 29, 1934 — August 2, 1999), was an American writer and editor born in Jackson, Mississippi, though his family later moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, which he immortalized in his works of prose. Events 1777 - San Jose California, is founded as el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe Year 1934 ( MCMXXXIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Yazoo City is a city in Yazoo County, Mississippi, United States. Morris' trademark was his lyrical prose style and reflections on the American South, particularly the Mississippi Delta. The Southern United States &mdashcommonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South &mdashconstitutes a large distinctive The Mississippi Delta is the distinct northwest section of the state of Mississippi that lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers Technically In 1967 he became the youngest editor of Harper's Magazine. Harper's Magazine (also Harper's) is a monthly general-interest Magazine of literature politics culture finance and the arts He wrote several works of fiction and non-fiction, including his seminal book North Toward Home.
Morris' parents moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi when he was just six months old. Yazoo City is a city in Yazoo County, Mississippi, United States. Yazoo City figures prominently in much of Morris' writing. After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, Morris traveled to Austin to attend the University of Texas. He became a member of Delta Tau Delta international fraternity, where he has a room named after him in the chapter house.
His senior year in college, Morris was elected editor of the university's student newspaper, the award-winning The Daily Texan. The Daily Texan is the Student newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin. His scathing editorials against segregation, censorship and state officials' collusion with oil and gas interests soon earned him the enmity of university administrators, particularly from the university's Board of Regents. As an example of the animosity, Morris wrote in North Toward Home that the university did not acknowledge his award of a Rhodes Scholarship with even as much as a letter of congratulation. Rhodes Scholarship Rhodes scholar redirects here Rhodes Scholar redirects here Rhodes scholars His contribution to the university continues to go unrecognized.
Morris graduated in 1956 and began studying history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the He returned to the United States to be the editor of The Texas Observer, a liberal weekly magazine. The Texas Observer (also known as the Observer) is an American political Newsmagazine published bi-weekly and based in
Morris joined the staff of Harper's in 1963 as an associate editor, becoming editor-in-chief four years later, shortly before North Toward Home was published. North Toward Home, which became a bestseller and received the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award for nonfiction, is an autobiographical account of Morris' childhood in Yazoo City, Mississippi, his early adulthood in Austin, Texas, and his eventual flight from the South to New York City. It has become revered for its tender reflections on Southern culture, particularly by other alienated expatriate Southerners who moved north but still feel drawn to their home states.
As the youngest ever editor-in-chief of the influential literary magazine, Morris helped to sustain the careers of several notable American writers including William Styron and Norman Mailer.  However, the Cowles family, who owned the magazine, were uneasy with the content Morris chose, which included longer articles and overtly liberal sentiments that alienated advertisers. In the midst of falling revenues, the Cowles family expressed its discontent with Morris in clear terms, causing him to resign in 1971.
In 1980, Morris moved back to his native state to be a writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi where he encouraged a new generation of Mississippi writers including John Grisham. The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational Research University located in Oxford Oxford is a city and the County seat of Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. One of his books, My Dog Skip, was made into a 2000 movie starring Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson and Kevin Bacon. My Dog Skip is an autobiographical book by Willie Morris.The story is about 10-year-old Willie growing up in Yazoo City Mississippi, a tale of a boy and My Dog Skip is a 2000 movie, directed by Jay Russell. It is based on the book My Dog Skip by Willie Francisco "Frankie" Muniz IV (born December 5, 1985) is an American actor and racing driver Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an American film Actress. Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American film actor Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8 1958 is a Golden Globe - and Screen Actors Guild Award -nominated American Film and Theater (Morris had previously written for Reader's Digest a profile of his dog 'Pete,' whom he had adopted while living in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York. ) Morris died of a heart attack just before the movie debuted, after seeing an advance screening of the film and praising it.
He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, exactly 13 steps (the unlucky number) from the "grave" of the fictitious Witch of Yazoo, a character from one of Morris' books, Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood.