Philip Lee Williams
Name: Philip Lee Williams
Occupation: Novelist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: January 30, 1950
Age: 72
Birth Place: Athens, United States
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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Philip Lee Williams

Philip Lee Williams was born on January 30, 1950 in Athens, United States (72 years old). Philip Lee Williams is a Novelist, zodiac sign: Aquarius. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.

Brief Info

An American novelist, poet, documentary filmmaker, and essayist, he is best known for his novels, A Distant Flame (2004) and Slow Dance in Autumn (1988). The former work received the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction in 2004.


He published seventeen books, including twelve novels, between 1988 and 2012. He also earned accolades as a journalist for the Athens Daily News, The Madisonian, and other Georgia publications.

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Before Fame

He composed music and wrote poetry in his teens. He later majored in journalism at the University of Georgia, graduating in 1972.


Biography Timeline


Philip Lee Williams was born in 1950, one of three children of Ruth Sisk Williams (1924–2008) and Marshall Woodson Williams (1922– ). He, his parents, and his older brother John Mark Williams (b. 1948), moved to Madison, Georgia, in 1953, where Marshall Williams had accepted a job as a chemistry teacher at Morgan County High School. Williams also has a sister, Laura Jane Williams, born in 1959.


Williams began his creative work by composing music and writing poetry while still in his teens. He graduated from Morgan County High School in 1968 and from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a degree in journalism and minors in history and English. In 1972, he married Linda Rowley. They have two children, Brandon and Megan.


He finished more than half of his master's degree in English at the University of Georgia before sustaining a serious back injury in 1974. After that, he spent 13 years as an award-winning journalist before becoming a science writer at his alma mater in 1985. As a journalist he worked for The Clayton Tribune (Clayton, Georgia), the Athens Daily News (Athens, Ga.), The Madisonian (Madison, Ga.), and The Athens Observer (Athens, Ga.)


His first novel, The Heart of a Distant Forest (W.W. Norton, 1984) is the story of a retired junior college history professor who has returned to his home place on a pond in north central Georgia to spend the last year of his life. The book won the Townsend Prize for fiction in 1986 and has subsequently come out in editions from Ballantine Books, Peachtree Publishers, and the University of Georgia Press. It was also translated into Swedish and published in a large-print format.


Williams retired in 2010 from the University of Georgia, where he was a writer and taught creative writing.

In 2010, Williams was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, alongside such luminaries as Flannery O'Connor, Martin Luther King Jr., James Dickey, and fellow University of Georgia graduate Natasha Trethewey.

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