Humphrey, William

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Humphrey, William Gender: M
William Joseph Humphrey
born on 18 June 1924 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Clarksville, Texas, 33n37, 95w03
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 27°23' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 22°14 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 25°47'


American novelist who wrote about small-town family life in rural Texas.

Humphrey moved with his mother to Dallas at aged 13 after his father was killed in a car accident. He attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas, but did not graduate from either school.

Humphrey taught at Bard College in New York where he mentored playwright and author Sherman Yellen prior to retiring from academia to write full time.

The author of thirteen books, including five novels, collections of short stories and a memoir, Humphrey's first novel, Home from the Hill, was made into an 1960 MGM film, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Robert Mitchum and Eleanor Parker. His second novel, The Ordways, was reviewed by the New York Times as "Funny, vivid and moving, this is a fine piece of work and a delight to read," and was compared to the writings of William Faulkner and Mark Twain.

He died of cancer on 20 August 1997, at the age of 73, in Hudson, New York.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate in September 2016.

Previously Scholfield quoted from "Wakeful Anguish: A Literary Biography of William Humphrey" by A. B. Crowder (LSU Press, 2004), p. 10: "William Joseph Humphrey (Billy Joe Humphreys) was born on 18 June 1924 at about 3:00 A.M. in a small house without running water or electricity on a nameless dirt lane behind the cemetery in Clarksville [Texas]."


  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction