Nebraska Authors

Kenny Jackson Williams

Born 1927-09-04 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 2003-12-19
Burnsville, NC (USA)

Jackson, MS (USA)
Autumn Woods Memorial Gardens

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Columbia, SC
Chicago, IL
Philadelphia, PA
Durham, NC

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction


Journalism; Chicago; African-American Literature


Bachelor of Arts Degree, Benedict College, Columbia, SC
Master of Arts Degree in American Literature, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Master of Arts Degree in American Civilization, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Ph.D in American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Professor of English at Duke University (1977-2003)

Places Worked

Duke University, Durham, NC


Received the Mid America Award in 1986 for 'Distinguished Contributions to the Study of Midwestern Literature'
Appointed in 1992 by President Bush to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities


Executive Board of the American Literature Association


They Also Spoke: An Essay on Negro Literature in America, 1787–1930. 1970.
Prairie Voices: A Literary History of Chicago from the Frontier to 1893. 1980.
Chicago's Public Wits: A Chapter in the American Comic Spirit. 1983.
A Storyteller and a City: Sherwood Anderson's Chicago. 1988.

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