Brookhaven, Mississippi, United States
Whitworth College for Women
Louisiana State University Press (logotype)
(Nine stories deal with the impact of death on surviving f...)
Nine stories deal with the impact of death on surviving family members, the relationships of three sisters with their father, an unexpected friendship, and social relations in the modern South
Hall attended the public schools of Magnolia and graduated from the Whitworth College for Women in 1942.
Hall started her career as a manuscript editor at the Louisiana State University Press, working there from 1968 till 1978. She was managing editor of the LSU Press from 1978 to 1984. She retired in 1984 but continued to handle the fiction program at LSU Press from her home for another decade.
Among her books there were Call It Living, Music Lesson, and The Apple-Green Triumph. The first of these to gain critical attention was Music Lesson, published in 1984. Nearly all of the book’s tales are set in the Deep South—a territory the Mississippi-born Hall knows well—and almost all center around a female protagonist. Hall’s next book, The Apple-Green Triumph and Other Stories, appeared in 1990 and was also published by a university press of the Louisiana State University. As with her previous works, these short stories offer glimpses into Southern life both past and present. The tales are set in both Mississippi and Louisiana and once more Hall writes of both family ties and social constraints.
She wrote in many voices - a school-girl's, a housewife's, a World War II vet's, yet they are all her own. Hall's works appeared in such literary journals as the Southern Review, the Sewanee Review, the Virginia Quarterly and the Washington and Lee Journal.
Quotes from others about the person
“"She does not describe; she brings to life. Just as a musical instrument contains a universe of dormant sounds, her stories compress whole sweeps of detail and feeling that envelop you after a few paragraphs." - Stanley Crouch”
Hall married Robert Sherrill Hall, Jr. on December 25, 1941. The couple had 3 children - Martha Bell, Jane Harmon and Robert III, as well as 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.