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William "Willie" Morris

Writer and editor Willie Morris was born in Mississippi and made his name in New York, but he left an indelible mark on Texas journalism. Morris served as editor of the Daily Texan and the Texas Observer during the Eisenhower and Kennedy years. "Texas was where I reached maturity," he later recalled. Writing about "politics, the ambivalent and exposed world of the politician . . . taught me about the complexity of human affairs, about the irrelevancy of most dogmatic formulas, about loyalty and courage and devotion to human causes."

Image: Willie Morris in later years. Sam Olden, Yazoo City Historical Museum.

Audio: Houston Public Media

Photograph of Willie Morris writing at his desk