||Constance Eakins, Jr., born 5 March 1918 in St.
Rose, Louisiana, to Constance Eakins, an employee in a sardine
cannery, and Agnes Gormley. French Creole is the primary language
at home. There are several siblings, but none except Constance
survives the Depression.
||Sister Albertine dies of exposure.
||Attends Aunt Lucy's Day Schoolhouse, St. Rose.
||Mother dies in boating accident.
||Learns to shoot firearms.
||Escapes from home, found six weeks later, living
in treehouse in the swampland of central Louisiana.
||Wins county hot-dog eating contest, adult division.
||Fails English, History; threatened with home-schooling.
||Writes student essay entitled, "The Paradox
of Chromaticity: An Overlooked Grammatical Category Distinction"
||Wins Mississippi River Junior Swim Championship.
||Runs away to New Orleans; lives in shotgun apartment
in the Ninth Ward.
||Works as window washer and as barback.
||Married in civil service to neighbor's daughter,
Allie Mathers; marriage annulled by authorities due to ages of
||Starts local charter association of Classics Scholars
||Joins staff of New Orleans Halfpenny-Register as
||Promoted to lead beat crime reporter.
||Embarks on rafting trip up the Mississippi River.
||Injured in skydiving accident; in hospital for five
months, during which time he drafts landmark comparitive study
of world religion, Exodus Redux.
||The Saddest Man and Other Stories
||Cross-country road trip, later immortalized in The
Strange and Truthful Diaries of the Wanderer.
||The Uncles Ten
||Captains yearlong boat trip from Copenhagen to Virgin
||The Chameleon Tales
||Joins air force, shipped to South-Eastern Asia Theatre,
stationed in the Himalayas.
||Military activities, including siege of Madagascar.
||The Turnipseed and the Anger
||Awarded Silver Medal of Miltary Valor (medaglia
d'argento) from the Italian government, for saving a battalion
of wounded Italian soldier with a shocking one-man sabotage mission
against the German forces.
||Awarded Pulitzer Prize (award refused).
||Moves to Hollywood, begins writing screenplays,
including The Lady From Shanghai and Rio Grande (both uncredited).
||Children of Danger: A Study of the International
Novel, 1750-1950 (nonfiction)
||Winner, Yale Younger Poets Prize, for Monogenesis:
||Tobin the Lesser
||Wounded in duel with unknown Latvian sailor. Rumored
affair with Rita Hayworth.
||Better Days Will Haunt You
||Gives famous "Pilgrim" speech at the opening
ceremony for the first Constance Eakins Museum, St. Rose, Louisiana.
||When the Curtain Calls for You (nonfiction)
||Travels length of Nile in bamboo canoe.
||Every Man For Himself and God Against All
||Declared ruler of Nuba tribe, north of Khartoum,
on bank of Nile. Presides over peaceful transition to democratic
||Why We War in Korea
||Bronze Star for war correspondence
||The Darkness and the Devil
||Rumored affair with Elizabeth Taylor. Arraigned
on charges for bigotry; lawsuit later dismissed.
||Art of Fiction Interview, The Paris Review,
||Survives airplane crash in the jungle of Dominican
Republic; lives for two years with a family in the northern region
of the island.
||The Rude Violence of the Poor
||Accepts honorary degree from the Esperanto International
Central Committee for his pioneering use of the language, exemplified
in his Esperanto novella, Kalendulo.
||America: Collected Essays
||Travels in the Arctic; named Iditarod champion of
||Throws out first pitch at final Brooklyn Dodgers
||Arrested for whoremongering.
||Rumored involvement with CIA, a charge he vigorously
denied in his memoir.
||Arrested during Washington Square Park protest against
CIA's use of covert force in South America.
||The Man With Holes in His Cheeks (Memoir)
||Alleged suspect in Bruno Taut murder case; name
later expunged from court records.
||Eurasia: Collected Essays, Vol. II
||Awarded Pulitzer Prize (award refused).
||Humboldt in the Amazon
||Arrested for assaulted robbery; charges later dropped.
||The Two Poles: Collected Essays, Vol. III
||Keftir the Blind and Other Stories
||Moves back to New Orleans. Suffers from acute syphilitic
||Hollywood Was Mine (nonfiction)
||Unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of New Orleans
||Songs for Agata (Poems)
||Hosts 365-day Be-In in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
||Flowers, Flowers, Eat All the Flowers
||Visiting professor of Humanity at the University
of Iceland, Reykjavik.
||The Legend of Idavoll (A Critical Study of Norse
||Offered Presidency of Yale; declined.
||Congress Will Be Mine
||Unsuccessful campaign for Congress
||The Dream Life of Vernon Falls
||Disappears while hiking in The Carso region, outside
of Trieste, Italy. Last seen in Medeazza, walking north.
||Awarded ordre national de la Légion
d'honneur by French government (unclaimed).
||The Uncollected Constance Eakins (collection)
||Rumored sighting in Trieste's Piazza Ponterosso,
in the middle of the night; witness later admitted intoxication,
||Rumored sighting on skivy in Bay of Trieste. Boat
seen disappearing into grotto, underground river. Witness later
committed to mental institution in Split.
||A minor planet, 3292 Eakins, was discovered by Soviet
astronomer Andrei Andreovich Pelevin, and named after him.
||Constance Eakins declared dead by Italian authorities.