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General Information

Name:  Don Sackrider  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Robinson, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Sackrider was born in Robinson.

Biographical and Professional Information

Don Sackrider is a retired airline captain, was born in Robinson, Illinois. He was a friend of James Jones and became the second student in the Handy Writers' Colony after Jones. Along with the book listed below, Sackrider edited ''The Writings From the Handy Colony'' with George Hendrick and Helen Howe, the wife of "Tinks".

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Titles At Your Library

James Jones and the Handy Writers' Colony
ISBN: 0809323656

Southern Illinois University Press. 2001

This story of James Jones and the Handy Colony is a popular account of one of the most unusual writing colonies ever established in the United States.

Between his Army enlistment in 1939 and the wound that sent him to a Memphis hospital in 1943, James Jones suffered the loss of both his mother and his father, a victim of suicide. Psychologically precarious, Jones drank heavily, often brawling in bars. Concerned about his erratic behavior, his aunt took Jones to meet Lowney Handy, who took virtual control of his life, securing his discharge from the army and, with her husband Harry, inviting him into their home. Lowney became Jones’s writing teacher—and his lover.

An aspiring but unpublished writer when she began the Handy Writers’ Colony in Marshall, Illinois, Lowney Handy developed a reputation as an inspirational teacher of writing. Her husband, an oil refinery executive from nearby Robinson, supported her in this endeavor, which proved quite successful. The Handy colony achieved national attention through the success of Jones, its most celebrated member and the author of From Here to Eternity and Some Came Running.

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