Scarlet Ibis

By: James Hurst

About James Hurst

  • Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina on January 1, 1922 on a farm with his two siblings and parents.
  • Studied chemical engineering at North Carolina State College.
  • Joined the military and served in World War II.
  • Decided he wanted to be an opera singer, attended Juilliard School of Music. 3 years later he decided he didn't have enough talent.
  • Became a banker in New York.
  • Wrote short stories and a play in his spare time. "The Scarlet Ibis" was his most popular story. It first appeared in "Atlantic Monthly" in 1960 and won the "Atlantic First" award the same year.
  • Story believed to be inspired by where he grew up in Jacksonville. The story is based on a farm and he grew up on a farm.

Narrative Concepts

  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Conflict
  • Symbolism