Ellen Douglas’s second book was a collection of short stories called Black Cloud, White Cloud (1963; rev. 1989), which was well-received critically, making the New York Times year’s best fiction list. She continued to write and publish short stories in various periodicals across her career. Douglas also wrote the nonfiction study A Long Night (1986), about the integration of the University of Mississippi. In 1987, she published a collection of fairy tales, myths, and legends, The Magic Carpet, and Other Tales, to accompany illustrations by the celebrated Mississippi artist Walter Anderson. Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell (1998), which Douglas herself calls fiction, is autobiographical and tells stories from several generations of her family’s history, culminating in the tale of their involvement in the execution of several slaves in 1861 because of a purported rebellion. Finally, Witnessing (2004) collects forty years of essays, those published elsewhere and some written for this book.