Patrick D. Smith

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Patrick Davis Smith
Born (1927-10-08)October 8, 1927
D'Lo, Mississippi
Died January 26, 2014(2014-01-26) (aged 86)
Merritt Island, Florida
Occupation Public relations, author
Language English
Citizenship American
Alma mater University of Mississippi
Genre Historical fiction
Notable works A Land Remembered
Notable awards Order of the South
Spouse Iris Doty
Children Patrick Smith, Jr., Jane Smith

Patrick Davis Smith[1] (October 8, 1927 – January 26, 2014) was an American author. His work was nominated seven times for the Pulitzer Prize and five times for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1999.[2]


Born in D'Lo, Mississippi, Smith graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1947. On August 1, 1948, he married Iris Doty, with whom he remained until his death. He continued his studies until 1959, when he completed his M.A. Smith worked in public affairs at Hinds Junior College until 1962 and at the University of Mississippi until 1966, when he moved to Florida and took the position of Director of Public Relations at Brevard Community College, which became Eastern Florida State College in August 2013.

Smith wrote his first novel, The River is Home, when he was 25. It is the story of the Skeeters, a poor family of "river rats" in Mississippi. His next novel was Forever Island, the story of an old Seminole struggling against development of the land he has lived on his whole life. That was followed by Allapattah, another novel of the Seminole culture. Smith's next book, Angel City, is the story of a poor family's struggles after being ensnared in a migrant camp. In 1980, it was made into a CBS movie of the week, starring Ralph Waite and Jennifer Jason Leigh.[3]

Smith's best-known work is A Land Remembered,[4] a multi-generational novel of a family's struggles from pioneers to wealthy tycoons.

He died in Merritt Island, Florida, at age 86.[4]


  1. ^ Tasha Hines. "Patrick D. Smith: Mississippi Writers & Musicians". Mississippi Writers Project. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Patrick D. Smith, Author". Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  3. ^ Hal Erickson. "Angel City (1980)". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  4. ^ a b Harbaugh, Pam (January 26, 2014). "Celebrated Merritt Island novelist Patrick Smith dies". Florida Today. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 

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