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Dr. Ralph F. Voss



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Employment History


The William Inge Center for the Arts

Contributing Editor

The Writing Instructor


Inge Center


Professor Emeritus of English
University of Alabama


Plainville High School


Ft. Hays State University

M.A. degrees

Ft. Hays State University


The University of Texas at Austin


University of Texas at Austin

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University of Alabama ... [cached]

University of Alabama professor Ralph Voss spoke at the Gnu University of Alabama professor Ralph Voss spoke at the Gnu's Room Friday, Oct. 19, about his newest book, "Truman Capote and the Legacy of 'In Cold Blood.'" (Rebecca Croomes / PHOTO EDITOR)

Voss is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Alabama and is also the author of "The Strains of Triumph: A Life of William Inge" and "Elements of Practical Writing."
Voss was 16 years old when Herbert Clutter, Herbert's wife, and two of their children were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kan., only a short distance from Voss' hometown of Plainview.
"I remember very vividly that, up until that time, my parents had never locked the doors at night," Voss told Carlton in The Birmingham News article.
As a Kansas native and a retired college English professor, Voss has remained fascinated by this case and by Capote's book. Voss retired two years ago but had taught Capote's book in the University of Alabama English Department for years.
"A lot of people think Capote had a right to tell the story," Voss said in the Birmingham News article.
For his book, Voss returned to his home state of Kansas in 2008 to retrace Capote's steps and interview some of the people who were around when Capote first investigated this case.
Voss said Capote's book is an iconic piece of crime literature.
"I can't think of another book in American popular culture that has had such a rippling influence on so many different aspects of the culture," Voss told Carlton.
Voss has also served as editor of "Magical Muse: Millennial Essays on Tennessee Williams" and coeditor of "Against the Grain: A Volume in Honor of Maxine Hairston."

Editorial Board | The Writing Instructor [cached]

Ralph Voss, University of Alabama

BBC Producer to Air Documentary at Williams Festival - Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale MS [cached]

Featured in the presentation are conversations with Clarksdale residents Robin Cocke, Louise McGee; scholars Kenneth Holditch, Margaret Bradford Thornton, and Ralph Voss; actors Johnny McPhail, Jeff Glickman and students competing in CCC's acting contest; celebrity musician Charlie Musselwhite and many more.

Eminent scholars and theatre professionals speaking in the festival's literary conference include English professors Annette Saddick of the New York City College of Technology (CUNY); Ralph Voss of the University of Alabama; Colby Kullman, Ann Fisher-Wirth, and Travis Montgomery of the University of Mississippi; editor Thomas Keith of New Directions Publishing of New York and theatre director David Kaplan of New York City,

The Legacy of Truman Capote and In Cold Blood [cached]

The seminar consisted of two parts, a speaker, Ralph Voss, and a rarely seen documentary, With Love From Truman.

The research by Capote and his book's success led Ralph Voss, an English professor at the University of Alabama, to reflect on it in his own book, Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood.
When the murders occurred in 1959, Voss was a high school junior in Plainville, Kansas, 171 miles away from Holcomb-the scene of the murders.
Voss compared his celebrity to that of an Alexandrian or Napoleonic hero. The documentary screened alongside Voss's speech was shot at the crest of Capote's career, just as he was riding the high from In Cold Blood.
Voss recounted the effects those two men had on his own family, saying that his parents first began locking their doors at night. Everyone around Voss at the time knew that Capote and his friend Harper Lee had come to Kansas with the intention of writing was Capote called his "nonfiction novel.
Voss says the purpose of his book is to examine the cultural impact of Capote and his book, from his homosexuality to capital punishment.

Festival Schedule - William Inge Center [cached]

With periodic presentation on Inge by Inge biographer, Ralph Voss.

With periodic presentations on Inge by Inge biographer, Ralph Voss.
With periodic presentations on Inge by Inge biographer, Ralph Voss.

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