Tom Franklin (author)

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Thomas Gerald Franklin
Born (1963-07-07) July 7, 1963 (age 60)
OccupationWriter, professor
Alma materM.F.A., University of Arkansas
B.A., University of South Alabama
GenreCrime fiction, regional fiction, mystery
Spouse Beth Ann Fennelly
Children1 daughter, 2 sons

Thomas Gerald Franklin (born July 7, 1963) is an American writer originally from Dickinson, Alabama, United States, [1] .


Franklin earned a B.A. at the University of South Alabama, in Mobile, Alabama. He completed his M.F.A. at the University of Arkansas, in 1998, where he met his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly.

He credits authors Rick Bass and Raymond Carver for his introduction to the realism writing style. [2]

He is currently[ when? ] an associate professor at the University of Mississippi. [3] [4]

Writing career

Franklin's first book is collection of ten short stories, Poachers (1999), the title story of which won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Short Story. [5]

His first novel, Hell at the Breech (2003), is a fictionalized version of a violent feud in 1892 called the Mitcham War, that took place in Clarke County, Alabama. [5] His second novel, Smonk is about the trial of a rapist who terrorized a small town in Alabama." [5] Franklin's most acclaimed novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010), which won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, explores racial tensions and friendships. Franklin co-wrote the novel The Tilted World (2013) with his wife Fennelly, [6] about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.


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  1. Ellroy, James; Penzler, Otto (2011). The Best American Noir of the Century. Mariner Books. p. 445. ISBN   9780547577449.
  2. Byers, Wes (2020-05-18). "The Casual Brilliance of Tom Franklin". Southern Review of Books. Retrieved 2023-12-20.
  3. "Faculty". University of Mississippi Department of English. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  4. "Tom Franklin". University of Mississippi. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 "Tom Franklin, Mississippi writer from Oxford and author of Poachers, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Smonk, and The Tilted World". Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  6. Franklin, Tom; Fennelly, Beth Ann (2013). The Tilted World: A Novel. HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN   0230769004.