March 8, 1865
Novelist and poet Mary McNeil Fenollosa was born in Wilcox County. Known for creating believable and complex characters and settings, Fenollosa released her first novel, Truth Dexter, in 1901 under her pseudonym, Sidney McCall. The novel received immediate critical and popular success. In total, Fenollosa published nine novels, leading to popular adaptations in film, theater, and opera. The wife of Asian culture scholar and art collector Ernest Fenollosa, Mary also completed her husband’s authoritative study, Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art: An Outline History of East Asiatic Design, after his untimely death in 1908.