Madison P. Jones, Jr.
Published on July 11, 2012
"The passing of Madison P. Jones represents the loss of a literary voice both utterly unique and deeply familiar. In tone and language native to this place, his works immortalize a time in the American South that was full of tragedy and occasionally capable of grace. For it, he was honored at home and abroad with many prestigious literary awards, including the T.S. Eliot Award for Creative Writing and the inaugural Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. He was beloved by students and set for them a powerful standard of a life fully engaged with art, publishing his last novel just a few years ago. His voice, his humor, his uncompromising spirit will be missed," - Jay Lamar, Director, Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.
MADISON P. JONES, JR. 1925 - 2012 Madison P. Jones, Jr. was born in Nashville in 1925. The distinguished novelist began writing at Vanderbilt where he lettered in football and met prominent teachers of literature who helped start his career. He did graduate work at the University of Florida where he met his wife Shailah. He came to Auburn University in 1956 and taught there for 37 years. During this time he received many awards and prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, The T.S. Elliot Prize for Fiction, The Harper Lee Award for A Distinguished Alabama Writer and The Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. Among his novels, An Exile was made into the movie, I Walk the Line. Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Shailah Jones. He is survived by his five children, Carroll Lofty, Madison Percy Jones, III, Ellen Green, Michael Jones, and Andrew Jones; and his twelve grandchildren.