Thomas S. Stribling Letter
Author Thomas Stribling wrote this letter to Mr. M. H. Kowan of Columbus, Ohio in response to Kowan's request for answers to five questions, seemingly related to writing (the original questions are not included). The first answer provides Stribling's humorous definitions of the words fiction and novel. The second seems to explain why Stribling writes. The third answer ranks the elements of a novel in order of their importance, and the fourth simply reads "Rewriting." The last answer says that Stribling has no other suggestions but reiterates his wish for more definition requests.
- 1938 January 21
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Author Thomas Stribling wrote this letter to Mr. M. H. Kowan of Columbus, Ohio in response to Kowan's request for answers to five questions, seemingly related to writing.
Thomas Sigismund "T. S." Stribling was born on March 3, 1881 in Clifton, Tennessee, to Christopher and Amelia (Waits) Stribling. He graduated from Florence Normal School in 1903 and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1905. In 1908, he began writing short stories to support himself, and in 1917, he began writing novels as well. In 1930, he married Luella Kloss (1899-1993). In 1933, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Store, which is the second volume in his acclaimed Vaiden trilogy. Stribling died on July 8, 1965, in Florence, Alabama. Luella, his wife, published his autobiography, Laughing Stock, in 1982 with the help of two editors. Stribling's collection of papers are housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and there is a museum in his home in Clifton, Tennessee.
This collection consists of a single folder.
Special Collections purchased this letter in January of 1987.