The first annual Oxford Conference for the Book was held from April 2- 4, 1993 on the University of Mississippi campus. Speakers at the historic event included several significant literary figures: Larry Brown, Willie Morris, William Styron, Barry Hannah, George Plimpton, Kaye Gibbons and many others. Other speakers included booksellers, marketing professionals, and book enthusiasts, such as: Shannon Ravenel of Algonquin Books; John Y.
Born in Winona, Mississippi, in 1904, George Alonzo McLean attended Davidson College before receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi in 1926. In 1928 he earned a master's degree of divinity from the Boston Theological Seminary at Boston University. He did graduate work at Stanford University and the University of Chicago in psychology and sociology.