We join readers, writers and others in mourning the recent death of Doris Betts. Doris, who attended Woman's College, was a giant in the literary community, and her accomplishments have been chronicled in obituaries all over the country, some of which are linked below. We have little to add to those tributes except to echo them, and to express thanks for what she meant to the world of reading and writing. She spoke to the Friends of the Libraries here at the annual dinner in 1963. Doris was fond of telling folks that she once got herself locked into the Jackson Library during her time as a student here, so as to spend the night alone with the books of the writers she most admired. Now that we are open 24 hours a day 5 days a week, that task would be harder today, but we salute the love of literature that led Doris to break our rules in that fashion so many years ago. We hope her night was spent profitably. May she rest in peace.
New York Times
Raleigh News and Observer