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The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers

Edited by Tom Mack
Foreword by George Singleton

A comprehensive guide to South Carolina writers who have made significant contributions to the state's literary tradition

The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers expands the range of writers included in the landmark South Carolina Encyclopedia. This guide updates the entries on writers featured in the original encyclopedia and augments that list substantially with dozens of new essays on additional authors from the late eighteenth century to the present who have contributed to the Palmetto State's distinctive literary heritage.

Each profile in this concise reference includes essential biographical facts and critical assessments to place the featured writers in the larger context of South Carolina's literary tradition. The guide comprises 128 entries written by more than sixty-nine literary scholars, and it also highlights the sixty-nine writers inducted thus far into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, which serves as the state's literary hall of fame. Rich in natural beauty and historic complexity, South Carolina has long been a source of inspiration for writers. The talented novelists, essayists, poets, playwrights, journalists, historians, and other writers featured here represent the countless individuals who have shared tales and lore of South Carolina.

The guide includes a foreword by George Singleton, author of two novels, four short story collections and one nonfiction book, and a 2010 inductee of the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

Tom Mack, recipient of the prestigious Carolina Trustee Professorship in 2008, holds the
G. L. Toole Chair in English at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Mack is the author of four books and more than one hundred articles on American cultural history, and since 2010 he has been chair of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

"The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers is an indispensable guide to the Palmetto State's most revered writers as well as a valuable resource documenting these writers' contributions to national and international literature."—Ron Rash, poet and novelist and John A. Parris, Jr. and Dorothy Luxton Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University

"This compendium of the literary history of South Carolina is indispensable to anyone who loves words and their authors. Imminently readable, highly entertaining, and informative beyond measure, the book's depth and breadth make known loud and clear South Carolina's role as a continuing cornerstone of American Literature."—Bret Lott, professor of English, College of Charleston

"The Guide to South Carolina Writers is an incredibly valuable resource, and not just to scholars. I want to keep a copy on my desk as a reminder of the talent and surprising diversity of all our writers—and so I can re-read George Singleton's hilarious preface a hundred times."—Josephine Humphreys, novelist



book jacket for The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers


6 x 9
236 pages
ISBN 978-1-61117-346-8
hardcover, $49.95s

ISBN 978-1-61117-347-5
paperback, $24.95t

eISBN: 978-1-61117-348-2
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Nikky Finney
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Terrance Hayes
DuBose Heyward
Josephine Humphreys
John Jakes
Sue Monk Kidd
Benjamin E. Mays
Mary Alice Monroe
Julia Peterkin
Josephine Pinckney
Ron Rash
Eugene Robinson
George C. Rogers, Jr.
Louis D. Rubin, Jr.
Archibald Rutledge
Dori Sanders
William Gilmore Simms
George Singleton
Mickey Spillane
Max Steele
Marjory Wentworth

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