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  • In Memoriam: Marion Montgomery (1925–2011)

    November 27, 2011
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    "Former UGA prof Montgomery, a noted author, poet dies"
    Athens Banner-HeraldNovember 26, 2011

    One of America’s preeminent men of letters has passed away. Marion Montgomery, scholar, critic, and award-winning poet and novelist, died last week at the age of eighty-six. A prolific author, he published more than twenty books during his long career, including a monumental three-volume cultural critique, The Prophetic Poet and the Popular Spirit. He also wrote such memorably titled works as With Walker Percy at the Tupperware Party, Hillbilly Thomist, and Why Poe Drank Liquor.

    Professor Montgomery, who taught at the University of Georgia for more than three decades, was a longtime friend of ISI. He wrote frequently for Modern Age, gave many campus lectures, and received ISI’s Gerhart Niemeyer Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

    Requiescat in pace.

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