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Dr. Walton Young

Senior Professor of English


Faculty | School of The Humanities

Office Phone

706-865-2134, ext. 6809



Chandler Building
  • Ph.D., English, The University of Georgia
  • M.A., English, Georgia State University
  • B.A., Journalism, Georgia State University


  • Creative writing (novel and short story)
  • Southern Literature
  • Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • American Literature I and II
  • Georgia Literature
  • Creative writing (novel and short story)
  • Biblical allusion in American literature
  • The works of Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, and Wolfe
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Blue Key
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Distinguished Honor Graduate (first in the class) of the Defense Information School
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
  • Kinsman of the Gun (novel), published in the United Kingdom in April 2019, to be released in the United States on August 1
  • Days of Dust and Heat (novel), published in the United Kingdom in October 2017 and in the United States in December 2017
  • A Gathering of Eagles (novel), published in November 2011, reprinted in May 2013.
  • “The Cup of Fury: The Preferred Title of Caroline Gordon’s None Shall Look Back” (critical essay), Mississippi Quarterly 58.4 (2005): 785-94.
  • “To the Breath of the Night Wind” (short story) in Volume 1 of The Signature Series, Golden Short Stories, the Dahlonega Literary Festival, February 2005.
  • “To Hear the Call of the Bobwhite” (short story) in the O, Georgia! anthology, October 2000.
  • “Secret of the Cohullasee” (short story) in the O, Georgia! anthology, October 1999.
  • “Reggie” (short story) in The GSU Review (Spring 1980)
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Dr. Walton Young, senior professor of English, teaches creative writing (novel and short story), American literature survey courses, twentieth-century American literature, Georgia Literature, and Southern literature.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Delta, Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Eta Sigma, Dr. Young received his PhD in English from The University of Georgia. He received his master’s degree in English from Georgia State University, where he also received his bachelor’s in journalism. He is a graduate of the Defense Information School, the US military’s multi-service journalism school.

His favorite authors are F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. His favorite novel is Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, with Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! a close second. He is a member of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. One of his scholarly interests is biblical allusion in American literature.

Dr. Young’s novel Kinsman of the Gun was published in the United Kingdom in April 2019. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 1. The novel is the sequel to Days of Dust and Heat, which was published in 2017. The novels deal with courage, love, sacrifice, and the inability to escape the past.

His novel, A Gathering of Eagles, was published in 2011 and reprinted in 2013. Set primarily in Kingston in Bartow County during Christmas of 1919, it is rooted in time and place. The protagonist is Prescott Freeman, who returns from the battlefields of France in the First World War to the family farm. He finds himself embroiled in another conflict—this one between families—a conflict fueled by greed and revenge. The novel is about family and about the land. It deals with loss and the redemptive power of love.

His short story “To the Breath of the Night Wind” was a winner in the 2005 short story contest sponsored by the Dahlonega Literary Festival. Included among his publications and conference presentations are an essay on Caroline Gordon’s Civil War novel None Shall Look Back, which was published in the Mississippi Quarterly, and conference papers on Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Wolfe’s “The Lost Boy.”

Dr. Young and his wife, Suzanne, live in Sautee-Nacoochee.