MSU scholar Polk dies

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Literary scholar Noel Polk, whose work focused on the writings of William Faulker, Eudora Welty and other Southern authors, has died at the age of 69.

The announcement of Polk’s death came Tuesday from Mississippi State University. The cause of death was not released.

Polk, a professor of English at MSU and editor of The Mississippi Quarterly, taught at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1977 to 2004. He has given lectures throughout the world on Mississippi writers William Faulkner and Eudora Welty.

In 2006, Polk won the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award for his body of work.

Born in Picayune in 1943, Polk earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi College before earning his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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