Today in 1932, award-winning writer, Doris Betts, was born in Statesville, North Carolina. Her first collection of short stories, “The Gentleman Insurrection,” was published in 1954, and she became a Guggenheim Fellow four years later. Betts went on to publish several story short collections and novels. She taught creative writing at the University of North Carolina for decades, and one of her collections, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” was nominated for a National Book Award. Her most frequently published short story, “The Ugly Pilgrim,” was adapted into a short film which won an Academy Award in 1982 and inspired a musical that won a New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Betts died in 2012 of lung cancer.
Happy Birthday, Doris!