Thomas Gerald Franklin - Biography, Childhood & Career

Thomas Gerald Franklin is an American writer whose life and work are closely associated with the American Southern States.

The landscapes, traditions, and lifestyles of the American South play a major role in both his historical and crime novels, particularly those of the states of Alabama and Mississippi.

Thomas Gerald Franklin

Childhood and Adolescence

Born on July 7, 1963, the son of an auto mechanic, Tom Franklin grew up in the small community of Dickinson, Alabama, a town of no more than 400-500 people. 

The rural, manageable world of his childhood shaped his later literary work. Franklin was - by his admission - not a particularly good student, but an avid reader, mainly of comics and so-called "pulp fiction", i.e. science fiction, horror, and fantasy literature.

Education and Academic Career

In 1981, the family moved to the port city of Mobile, Alabama. Franklin attended the University of South Alabama and studied for a total of nine years because he had to finance his studies with numerous jobs, including night work in factories, working in warehouses, and at a hazardous waste landfill. 

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. In 1994, he taught for a year at the historic Selma University, a Baptist-founded theological college that enrolls only African-American students.

In 1998 he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. Franklin is currently an Associate Professor of Fiction Writing at the University of Mississippi.

Private Life

At the University of Arkansas, Tom Franklin met his future wife, poet, and writer Beth Ann Fennelly, Mississippi's Poet Laureate in 2016. 

The couple has three children. The family lives in Oxford, Mississippi. Tom Franklin loves this city, best known as the home and work center of William Faulkner, and hopes to spend the rest of his life here.

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