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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 novelist."

The 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 information!

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 writers, this 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 own.

Read 1994 Appalachian Journal Interview

Read Excerpts From Winter 2002 Special Donald Harington Issue of
The Southern Quarterly



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