Although he was born
and raised in Little Rock, Donald
Harington spent nearly
all of his early summers in the Ozark mountain hamlet of Drakes Creek, his
mother's hometown, where his grandparents operated the general store and
post office. There, before he lost his hearing to meningitis at the age of
twelve, he listened carefully to the vanishing Ozark folk language and the
old tales told by storytellers.
His academic career was in
art and art history because, although determined to become a novelist (he
wrote his first one at six), he felt that his ultimate teaching vocation
should not interfere with his writing. He has taught art history at a
variety of colleges in New York, New England, South Dakota and finally at
his alma mater, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he has been
lecturing for fifteen years in the same room where he first took courses in
art history. He lives in Fayetteville with his wife Kim.
His first novel, THE CHERRY PIT, about
Little Rock, was published by Random House in 1965, and since then he has
published twelve other novels, most all of them set in the Ozark hamlet of
his creation, Stay More, based loosely upon Drakes Creek. These
include LIGHTNING BUG, SOME OTHER PLACE. THE RIGHT PLACE.,
THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE ARKANSAS OZARKS, THE CHOIRING OF THE TREES,
and, most recently, THIRTEEN ALBATROSSES. He has also written
books about artists.
He won the Porter Prize in 1987, the Heasley Prize at Lyon College in 1998,
was inducted into the Arkansas Writers' Hall of Fame in 1999 and that same
year won the Arkansas Fiction Award of Arkansas Library Association.
John Guilds in his anthology, ARKANSAS, ARKANSAS, wrote, "if Miller
Williams ranks as the greatest poet born, bred, nurtured, and still living
in Arkansas, Donald Harington is by the same standards Arkansas's greatest
Winter 2002 SOUTHERN QUARTERLY is a "Donald Harington Special Issue"
with tributes from fellow novelists, scholarly essays, interviews, and a
selection of his forty-year correspondence with William Styron.
From the Arkansas Literary Forum
Donald Harington's new novel will be
available this fall! Click on the picture for a larger image
of the Toby press poster.
Click to see the Toby press catalogue
pages featuring DH's new book
The first issue of the new Oxford
American is currently out on newsstands. Click on the thumbnail
to view the back cover, featuring Donald Harington's works.
Click on the flyers to open new window
with a full size version, featuring review excerpts and other
Donald Harington's long awaited new novel,
WITH, was published in April, 2004, Among numerous
advance-of-publication responses from Harington's friends and fellow
delightful letter arrived from Fred Chappell, the dean of
Appalachian Mountain writers, distinguished novelist, poet and essayist.
WITH has been extensively reviewed.
For reviews, please go to our Press section.
As soon as you've finished reading WITH,
you might want to check out the
DISCUSSION GUIDE questions put together by
Harington's friends, Brian Walter and Lynnea Brumbaugh-Walter (to whom WITH
is dedicated), both on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis."
Please, visit our
board to discuss these questions with other readers; or add your
Read 1994 Appalachian Journal Interview
Read Excerpts From Winter 2002 Special Donald Harington
The Southern Quarterly