Guy Owen

Guy Owen was a novelist, poet, editor, critic and teacher. He grew up on a tobacco farm in Bladen County, North Carolina. After serving in the army during World War II, he earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Owen taught at Davidson College, Elon College, Stetson University, and North Carolina State University. While at Stetson University, he founded Impetus, the literary magazine, which later became the Southern Poetry Review. Mr. Owen published four novels, three collections of poetry, and co-edited several anthologies of poetry. His most popular novel, The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man, was made into a movie in 1967 (The Flim-Flam Man) starring George C. Scott and Michael Sarrazin. His novel Journey for Joedel won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His poetry collection The White Stallion and Other Poems won a Roanoke-Chowan Cup. Dr. Owen's many honors included a Bread Loaf Scholarship, the Henry H. Bellamann Foundation Award, a Yaddo Fellowship, and the 1971 gold medallion North Carolina Award for Literature. Dr. Owen died on July 25, 1981, at the age of 56. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, and his two sons, James and John.


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Journey to Joedel by Guy Owen (Novel)

Carolina Classics Edition

40th Anniversary Edition

A 1971 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

ISBN 978-1-935708-00-1

9 x 6 paperback, 189 pages

Originally published 1970 by Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, NY

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