Noted Authors To Visit Campus This Fall

July 17, 2002

Acclaimed historian Shelby Foote, author of the three-volume The Civil War: A Narrative, and Ernest Gaines, author of the best-selling book A Lesson Before Dying, will present lectures at Baylor in October. 
Foote's novels include Tournament in 1949, Follow Me Down in 1950 and Shiloh in 1952. He spent the next two decades working on his Civil War volumes. In 1990, Foote enjoyed a new kind of fame following his featured appearances in producer Ken Burns' popular PBS documentary series "The Civil War." He will present the Beall-Russell Lecture in the Humanities, which is free, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Jones Theater in Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. For more information, visit
Gaines' work includes The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Long Day in November, In My Father's House and A Gathering of Old Men. Gaines won the 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award. He also has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant for writings of "rare historical resonance."
Gaines will present the Baylor Libraries' Ferguson-Clark Author Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Jones Concert Hall in the McCrary Music Building. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1 and may be ordered by calling (254) 710-3210.