People/Characters: William Maxwell

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Antecedent experience in Kentucky of William Maxwell Ohio's first printer by Douglas C. McMurtrie
The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld by Herbert Asbury
The Element of Lavishness: Letters of William Maxwell and Sylvia Townsend Warner, 1938-1978 by Sylvia Townsend WarnerWilliam Keepers Maxwell, Jr.
Letters From The Editor : The New Yorker's Harold Ross by Thomas Kunkel
Moral agents: eight twentieth-century American writers by Edward MendelsonWilliam Keepers Maxwell, Jr
My Mentor by Alec WilkinsonWilliam Keepers Maxwell, Jr
My Mistake by Daniel MenakerWilliam Keepers Maxwell, Jr.
Salinger by David ShieldsWilliam Keepers Maxwell, Jr.
What There Is to Say We Have Said by Suzanne MarrsWilliam Keepers Maxwell, Jr.
A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America by Evan J. Mandery

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1.) William Maxwell was a Black man in Arkansas who was convicted and sentenced to death after he raped a while woman in 1961.   Over the next ten years, he and his counsel would make numerous appeals to State and Federal courts on the grounds of racial discrimination in sentencing.   It was appealed to the US Supreme Court, which ordered the Eighth Circuit Court to reconsider the case twice. His  appeals were rejected, but in January 1971, outgoing governor Winthrop Rockefeller commuted the sentence of Maxwell and fourteen other men on Death Row.

2.) William Keepers Maxwell, Jr. (August 16, 1908 – July 31, 2000) was an American editor, novelist, short story writer, essayist, children's author, and memoirist. He served as a fiction editor at The New Yorker from 1936 to 1975. An editor devoted to his writers, Maxwell became a legendary mentor and confidant to many of the most prominent authors of his day. Although best known as an editor, Maxwell was a highly respected and award winning novelist and short story writer. His stature as a celebrated author has grown in the years following his death.

See also William Maxwell author page for more information

William Keepers Maxwell Jr. in Wikipedia

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