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.
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