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About the Author: Brainard Cheney was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, in 1900 into a prominent family. He was educated at The Citadel, Vanderbilt University, and briefly, the University of Georgia.
He started as a reporter for the “Nashville Banner” paper and befriended Ralph McGill, later the famous editor of the AJC. Although he was a political reporter in Nashville for 15 years, he also wrote poetry and short stories, and published four novels from 1939 to 1969, all set in south Georgia near his roots.
Cheney received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1941 which allowed him to associate with famous southern writers Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers, among others. He was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2016.
Cheney had a close relationship with Flannery O’Connor after a 1952 review of her first novel, Wise Blood. He visited her frequently, and their correspondence was published in 1986.