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MARQUIS JAMES

National Literary Landmark – Marquis James (1891 – 1955)  

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Enid Public Library, 120 W. Maine, Enid, Oklahoma


Marquis James (1891 – 1955) won two Pulitzer Prizes for biography: 1930
for The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston; 1938 for The Life of Andrew
Jackson, 2 volumes.

The Enid Public Library will be designated as a national Literary Landmark™
in honor of James, whose formative years were in Enid. His papers,
manuscripts, and correspondence are in the Library of Congress.

Literary Landmarks™ honor deceased literary figures, authors, or their works.  http://www.ala.org/united/products_services/literarylandmarks

Michael Wallis, award-winning author, historian and biographer of the American West, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Paul Vickery, Ph.D, History Professor at Oral Roberts University will portray Marquis James. Special Guests: Marquis James’ grandchildren Karen Hoover & Chris Norwood; grandniece Christine Shockey Katcher; grandnephew Peter Shockey; and great-grandnieces Lisa Johnson & Merida Hines-Tyler.

Partners: Family of Mr. & Mrs. J. Lee Cromwell and Miss Mary Cromwell, United for Libraries, Enid Public Library, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma, Friends of Enid Public Library, Oklahoma Humanities, Friends of Oklahoma Center for the Book, Enid Arts, Enid Chamber of Commerce, Visit Enid, Oklahoma Historical Society, Enid High School, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Family of Marquis James, Oklahoma Library Association, Gary & Sheila Brown, and Oklahoma State University Library.

Enid Public Library
Friends of Enid Public Library
Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)

Oklahoma State University Library
Oklahoma Humanities
Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book

Enid Arts
Visit Enid
Enid Chamber of Commerce
The Marquis James Grandchildren and Cousins
Family of Mr. & Mrs. J. Lee Cromwell and Miss Mary Cromwell

Gary and Sheila Brown

Enid High School

Oklahoma Historical Society
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Pulitzer Prize Centennial

Oklahoma Library Association


This program is free and open to the public. Reception hosted by Friends of Enid Public Library immediately following the dedication.




Photo by Miss Mary Cromwell