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Ellen Douglas dies at 91; writer depicted racially conflicted South
Ellen Douglas dies at 91; writer depicted racially conflicted South

Ellen Douglas, a Mississippi native whose novels were widely praised for their portrayal of the racially conflicted South, died Wednesday in Jackson, Miss., after an extended illness. She was 91. Her death was confirmed by Steve Holland, a funeral home director in Tupelo, Miss. Set in Mississippi, Douglas' writing dealt candidly with race relations, families and the role of women. She wrote 11 books, including six novels and several collections of short stories and essays. Her third novel, "Apostles of Light," was a 1973 National Book Award nominee. It is a complex novel about the mistreatment of residents at a home for the elderly in fictional Homochitto, Miss., a...

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