Kilgo, James 1941-2002

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KILGO, James 1941-2002

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born June 27, 1941, in Darlington, SC; died of cancer December 8, 2002, in Athens, GA. Educator and author. Kilgo was best known as an author of essays about the outdoors. He received his B.A. from Wofford College in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 1972. Joining the faculty at the University of Georgia as an instructor in 1967, he became a professor of English and directed the creative writing program from 1994 to 1996. Kilgo retired from teaching in 1999. His writings include the essay collections Deep Enough for Ivorybills (1988) and Inheritance of Horses (1994), nonfiction such as The Blue Wall: Wilderness of the Carolinas and Georgia (1996) and his memoir The Hand-carved Ivory Creche and Other Christmas Stories (1999), the novel Daughter of My People (1998), and the travel book Colors of Africa (2003). Kilgo was often praised for his lyrical writings about the outdoors and the pastime of hunting, which he always enjoyed more for the camaraderie of his fellow men than for the sport itself. He was also a highly regarded teacher, receiving five excellence-in-teaching awards from his university.



Contemporary Southern Writers, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1999.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 10, 2002, p. D17.

New York Times, December 30, 2002, p. A19.

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