Owen, Guy, 1925-1981?

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Birth 1925-02-24
Death 1981-07-25

Biographical notes:

Guy Owen (1925-1981) received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. An author and educator, Owen founded and edited the Southern Poetry Review, edited North Carolina Folklore, and served as Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University. He authored numerous novels, short stories, and poems, including Season of Fear and The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man.

From the description of Guy Owen papers, 1967-1982 [manuscript]. (North Carolina State University). WorldCat record id: 466904316

Novelist, poet, literary critic, editor, and professor of English at North Carolina State University.

From the description of Guy Owen papers, 1933-1981 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 25740302

Guy Owen, Jr., was born on February 24, 1925, in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. He graduated from Clarkton High School in 1942, and worked at assorted odd jobs before joining the Army in 1943, serving in France and Germany. He returned to the United States in 1945 to attend the University of North Carolina, where he majored in English. In 1952, Owen married Dorothy Meadows Jennings of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in 1955.

Owen's first teaching experience was as instructor of English at Davidson College from 1949 to 1951. He also taught part-time at the University of North Carolina from 1951 to 1954, while completing his dissertation, and was associate professor of English at Elon College during the 1954-1955 school year.

In 1955, Owen accepted the position of associate professor of English at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida; he taught there until 1961. During this time, he wrote his first novel, Season of Fear, which was published in 1960.

Owen became a member of the faculty at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) in Raleigh in 1961, remaining there until his death twenty years later. While teaching American literature and creative writing courses, he completed and published three novels, two volumes of poems, and a collection of short stories. He also helped edit two anthologies of verse: New Southern Poets: Selected Poems from Southern Poetry Review and Contemporary Poets of North Carolina .

In 1958, Owen co-founded the poetry magazine Impetus, which in 1965 became Southern Poetry Review . He was also an editor of North Carolina Folklore .

Owen died of cancer in July 1981, at age 56.

From the guide to the Guy Owen Papers, 1967 - 1982, (Special Collections Research Center)

Guy Owen, Jr., was born on February 24, 1925, in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. He graduated from Clarkton High School in 1942, and worked at assorted odd jobs before joining the Army in 1943, serving in France and Germany. He returned to the United States in 1945 to attend the University of North Carolina, where he majored in English. In 1952, Owen married Dorothy Meadows Jennings of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in 1955.

Owen's first teaching experience was as instructor of English at Davidson College from 1949 to 1951. He also taught part-time at UNC from 1951 to 1954, while completing his dissertation, and was associate professor of English at Elon College during the 1954-1955 school year.

In 1955, Owen accepted the position of associate professor of English at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida; he taught there until 1961. During this time, he wrote his first novel, Season of Fear, which was published in 1960.

Owen became a member of the faculty at North Carolina State College in Raleigh in 1961, remaining there until his death twenty years later. While teaching American literature and creative writing courses, he completed and published three novels, two volumes of poems, and a collection of short stories. He also helped edit two anthologies of verse: New Southern Poets: Selected Poems from Southern Poetry Review, and Contemporary Poets of North Carolina.

In 1958, Owen co-founded the poetry magazine Impetus, which in 1965 became Southern Poetry Review. He was also an editor of North Carolina Folklore.

Owen died of cancer in July 1981, at age 56.

From the guide to the Guy Owen Papers (#4287), 1951-1981, (Southern Historical Collection)

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  • American poetry--20th century
  • American fiction--20th century
  • College teachers--History--20th century
  • Film adaptations
  • Folklore--North Carolina
  • Authors, American--North Carolina--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Folklore
  • Poetry--Editing
  • College teachers--North Carolina--History--20th century

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  • College teachers--History--20th century.--North Carolina

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