Authors

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Gilbert Allen

Gilbert Allen is a poet, fiction writer, editor, and educator.

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Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison is a writer from Greenville, SC. She is known for her book "Bastard Out of Carolina." 

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Marcus Amaker

Marcus Amaker is the poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina.

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Harry Scott Ashmore

Harry Ashmore was an author, editor, and Pulitzer Prize winner for his editorials in 1957 on the school integration conflict in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Havilah Babcock

Havilah Babcock was chair of the English Department at the University of South Carolina for many years and a passionate outdoorsman and famous outdoor writer.

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Augusta Baker

Augusta Baker was a librarian and storyteller known for her contributions to children's literature, especially regarding the portrayal of Black Americans in works for children.

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Jack Bass

Jack Bass is an author and journalist.

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Elise Blackwell

Elise Blackwell is a novelist and writer.

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Cathy Smith Bowers

Cathy Smith Bowers is a poet and professor at the Queens University of Charlotte.

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Benjamin Griffith Brawley

Benjamin Griffith Brawley was an author and educator from Columbia, SC. Many of his books were considered standard college texts.

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Gwen Bristow

Gwen Bristow was an author and journalist from Marion, SC.

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Matthew J. Bruccoli

Matthew J. Bruccoli was a professor at the University of South Carolina and the preeminent expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Franklin Burroughs

Franklin Burroughs is an essayist, environmentalist, and educator.

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Orville Vernon Burton

Dr. Orville Vernon Burton is a historian, educator, and author from Ninety-Six, SC.

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Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars was an author of children’s books who lives in Seneca, South Carolina. She won a Newbery Medal for her novel, Summer of the Swans.

Emory Shaw Campbell

Emory Shaw Campbell

Born in Hilton Head Island, SC, Emory Shaw Campbell is an author and community leader among the Gullah people who live in the coastal Lowcountry region of South Carolina. 

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Wilbur Joseph Cash

Wilbur Joseph Case was a writer and journalist known for writing The Mind of the South.

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Mary Boykin Chesnut

Born near Statesburg, SC, Mary Boykin Chesnut was married to an aide to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and she kept a famous diary vividly describing events during the Civil War.

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Alice Childress

Born in Charleston, SC Alice Childress was a novelist, playwright, and actress. She is known as the only African-American woman to have written, produced, and published plays for four decades.

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Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

Wife of James Lide Coker III, Elizabeth Boatwright Coker was the author of nine historical romance novels based on southern and South Carolina cultural life.

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Stephen Colbert

Stephen Tyrone Colbert is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report.

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Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was a popular novelist who has written many popular books such as The Prince of Tides.

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Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is a children's book author and illustrator from Greenville, SC.

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Guy Davenport

Writer, educator, illustrator

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Kwame Dawes

Poet, editor, novelist, cultural critic

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James Dickey

James Dickey was a professor at the University of South Carolina known for his poetry and novels.

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Samuel Henry Dickson

Samuel Henry Dickson was a poet, physician, writer, and educator. He was one of the founders of the Medical College of South Carolina (now the Medical University of South Carolina).

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Louise Jones DuBose

Poet, journalist, editor, educator

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Nathalie Dupree

Chef, author, television personality

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Pam Durban

Novelist, short story writer, educator

Walter Edgar

Walter Edgar

Walter B. Edgar is a historian and author specializing in Southern history and culture, particularly for South Carolina. 

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Percival Everett

Novelist, short story writer, poet, editor, educator

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Mamie Garvin Fields

Mamie Garvin Fields was a teacher, civil rights and religious activist, and memoirist.

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Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney is a poet and writer from Sumter, South Carolina.

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Starkey Flythe, Jr.

writer, editor, teacher, cultural leader

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William Price Fox

William Price Fox was an author and television producer.

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Dorothea Benton Frank

Best-selling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island and has written several novels set in the Lowcountry.

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Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr.

Writer, newspaper columnist

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Charlamagne tha God

Charlamagne tha God is an actor, author, and television personality. He is best known as the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club. 

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Angelina Grimkè

Angelina Grimkè Weld was an abolitionist, political activist, women's rights advocate, and supporter of the Women's Suffrage Movement. 

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Sarah Moore Grimkè

Sarah Moore Grimkè was a prominent abolitionist and is widely held to be the mother of the Women's Suffrage Movement. 

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Joyce Hansen

Joyce Hansen is a children's author. Her first children’s book, The Gift-Giver, published in 1980, was inspired by her own Bronx childhood and by her students.

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Terrance Hayes

American poet and educator

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Paul Hamilton Hayne

Paul Hamilton Hayne was a 19th-century poet, critic, and editor from Charleston, South Carolina.

Edwin Dubose Heyward

Edwin Dubose Heyward

Edwin Dubose Heyward was a Charleston author who wrote Porgy, the book on which the musical Porgy & Bess was based.

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Jonathan Hickman

Jonathan Hickman is a comic book writer and artist. He is known for creating the Image Comic Series, The Nightly News, The Manhattan Projects, and East of West.

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Jim Hoagland

Journalist

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Josephine Humphreys

Josephine Humphreys is a novelist from Charleston, South Carolina. Several of her novels are set in Charleston.

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Dot Jackson

Investigative reporter, columnist, editor, novelist

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John Jakes

Novelist

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Dinah Johnson

Dinah Johnson is a Children's book author and educator.

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Varian Johnson

Novelist; civil engineer

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Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan was a fantasy author from Charleston, SC. His most famous work was The Wheel of Time series.

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Charles Joyner

Historian, folklorist, filmmaker, musicologist

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Clara Louise Kellogg

Clara Louise Kellogg was an operatic soprano.

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Sue Monk Kidd

Novelist

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John Lane

Poet, environmentalist, educator

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James Mathewes Legaré

Poet, artist, inventor

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Bret Lott

Novelist, short story writer, memoirist, educator

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Grace Lumpkin

Writer, social activist

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Kadra Maysi (Katherine Drayton Mayrant Simons)

Poet, novelist, playwright, historian. Her primary love was poetry, with a focus on lyrical verse, sonnets, and nature poems.

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Elliott Crayton McCants

Novelist, short story writer, educator

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Craig Melvin

Craig Melvin is a broadcast journalist and anchor at NBC News and MSNBC.

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Kelly Miller, Jr.

Essayist, editor, publisher, educator

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Arthenia J. Bates Millican

American poet, short-story writer, essayist, and educator

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Penina Moïse

Penina Moïse was a poet and the first Jewish American woman to contribute to the worship service, writing 190 hymns for Beth Elohim. 

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Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is a best-selling author known for fiction that explores the compelling parallels between nature and human nature.

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Steven Naifeh

Author, painter

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Annie Greene Nelson

Annie Greene Nelson was a writer and playwright. She was the African American woman in South Carolina to publish a novel.

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Peggy Parish

Peggy Parish was an author known best for her children's book series Amelia Bedelia.

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Kathleen Parker

Newspaper columnist

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Julia Peterkin

Julia Peterkin was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who wrote about the African American experience in the South.

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Josephine Pinckney

Poet, novelist, civic leader. Pinckney played a key role in the literary revival that swept through the South after World War I

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Verni Robert Quillen

Newspaper publisher, editor, columnist

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Ron Rash

Poet, novelist. Rash considers himself an Appalachian writer, and his published work typically uses the mountains as a setting. However, his major literary themes and concerns are universal: the nature of evil in human beings, the incessant struggle for certitude despite the chaos of existence, and the tragedy of unfulfilled lives.

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Beatrice Witte Ravenel

Poet, journalist. Ravenel is possibly the best example of the influence of the Poetry Society of South Carolina on local writers; its founding in the year of her husband’s death brought her into a poetry-conscious environment.

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Ennis Rees

Poet, literary critic, translator, children’s author. All of his writing—his children’s books, his various translations, and his own poetry—is notable for its uncomplicated diction, sense of optimism, humor, and wordplay

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Katharine Ball Ripley

Between 1923 and 1953 the couple published ten books—including novels and memoirs—and dozens of short stories and nonfiction pieces.

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Henry Martyn Robert

Henry Martyn Robert is the author of Robert’s Rules of Order, the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure.

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Eugene Harold Robinson

Eugene Harold Robinson is a newspaper columnist and an associate editor of The Washington Post.

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Louis D. Rubin, Jr.

Teacher, author, editor, publisher. Rubin’s distinguished career as teacher, scholar, editor, and novelist has brought him numerous awards and honors, including honorary degrees from the University of Richmond, the College of Charleston, and Clemson University.

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Archibald Rutledge

Archibald Rutledge was a famous naturalist writer who was also the first poet laureate of South Carolina.

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Alexander Samuel Salley

Alexander Samuel Salley was a historian whose work and dedication to preserving South Carolina's history led to the creation of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

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Dori Sanders

Dori Sanders is a peach farmer and author from York County, who wrote the best-selling book Clover.

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Valerie Sayers

Novelist. Sayers’s fiction is wholeheartedly unsentimental. Its narrative force is carried by the author’s strong display of comic irony.

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William Gilmore Simms

William Gilmore Simms was a poet, novelist, and historian who wrote History of South Carolina (1842), which became a standard school textbook on the state’s history.

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George Singleton

Short story writer, novelist, educator

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Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor was a culinary anthropologist, griot, food writer, and broadcaster on public media.

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Gregory White Smith

Writer, publisher, and Pulitzer Prize winner

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Monroe K. Spears

Editor, scholar, educator.

Mickey Spillane

Mickey Spillane

Mickey Spillane was a well-known author of many crime novels and his signature detective character, Mike Hammer.

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Mark Steadman

Novelist

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Max Steele

Writer, educator

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Noelle Stevenson

Noelle Stevenson is the creator of She-Ra and the Princess of Power and Nimona.

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Jacob Stroyer

Jacob Stroyer was a former slave who became a preacher in Massachusetts. He is best known for his autobiography, My Life in the South. 

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Henry Timrod

Henry Timrod was a poet, sometimes called the poet laureate of the Confederacy.

David Duncan Wallace

David Duncan Wallace

David Duncan Wallace was a historian and author of "History of South Carolina."

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John Blake White

Playwright, painter

Gamel Woolsey

Gamel Woolsey

Gamel Woolsey was a poet, novelist, and translator

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Virginia Durant Covington Young

Virginia Durant Covington Young was a South Carolina suffragist, editor, and owner of South Carolina's Fairfax Enterprise weekly newspaper.