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Olive Ann Burns Sparks postcard to Emily B. Calhoun

Olive Ann Burns Sparks postcard to Emily B. Calhoun

Descriptive Summary

Title: Olive Ann Burns Sparks postcard to Emily B. Calhoun
Creator: Burns, Olive Ann
Inclusive Dates: 1985 August 30
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms2867
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Olive Ann Burns Sparks (1924-1990) was a journalist and author of Atlanta, Georgia. She was the wife of Andrew Horace Sparks. Her only published novel, Cold Sassy Tree, centers on Cold Sassy, a town loosely-based on Commerce, Ga. where Burns grew up.

Burns was born in Banks County and later moved to Macon where she attended Mercer University. She transferred to the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a journalism degree in 1946. She wrote as a free-lancer and columnist for the Atlanta Constitution and then for the paper's Sunday magazine, Atlanta Weekly. Burns met her husband, Andrew Sparks, while working at the magazine he edited. The Sparks had one son, John A. Sparks, and one daughter, Becky Sparks.

In 1975, Burns was diagnosed with lymphoma, which resulted in her death in 1990. Cold Sassy Tree was written as part of Burns' therapy dealing with cancer, she said, as well as the height of her career as a writer.

For more information, see the article Olive Ann Burns (1924-1990) in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content

A postcard from Olive Ann Burn Sparks to Emily Calhoun in Atlanta thanking Ms. Calhoun for writing her about Cold Sassy Tree and mentions the art of journal writing.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olive Ann Burns Sparks postcard to Emily B. Calhoun, ms2867, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Calhoun, Emily B. -- Correspondence
Diaries -- Authorship.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in this repository: Olive Ann Burns papers, ms2776.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Postcard, 1985 August 30