SC People - Authors

Betsy Byars

(1928- ) Betsy Byars is an author of children’s books who lives in Seneca, South Carolina. She won a Newbery Medal for her novel, Summer of the Swans.

Mary Boykin Chesnut

Mary Boykin Chesnut

(1823-1886) 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.

Alice Childress

Alice Childress

(1920-1994) Born in Charleston, SC, Alice Childress was a playwright who wrote about the struggles of poverty and racism.

Dave Cockrum

Dave Cockrum

(1943-2006) Dave Cockrum was a comic book artist who overhauled the look of the X-Men series and helped popularize the Marvel Comics title. He lived in Belton, SC.

Pat Conroy

(1945-2016) Pat Conroy grew up in Beaufort and attended Beaufort High School and The Citadel. He is a popular novelist who has written many popular books such as The Prince of Tides.

James Dickey

James Dickey

(1923-1997) James Dickey was a professor at the University of South Carolina known for his poetry and novels.

Samuel Henry Dickson

Samuel Henry Dickson

(1798-1872) Born in Charleston, SC, 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).

James Fooshe

James Fooshe

(1844-1940) Born in Abbeville District (now Greenwood County), James Fooshe was a soldier, author, farmer, philosopher, and Methodist churchman.

Dorothea Benton Frank book cover

Dorothea Benton Frank

(1951-2019) Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island and has written several novels set in the Lowcountry.

Ambrose E. Gonzales

(1857-1926) Ambrose E. Gonzales and his brother, N.G. Gonzales, founded The State newspaper in 1891.

Vertamae Grosvenor

(1938- ) Vertamae Grosvenor has written many books, essays, and poems on the Gullah and Geechee way of life.

Joyce Hansen

Joyce Hansen

(1942- ) Joyce Hansen has been writing books for children and young adults for over twenty years. Joyce’s first children’s book, The Gift-Giver, published in 1980, was inspired by her own Bronx childhood and by her students.

Edwin Dubose Heyward

Edwin Dubose Heyward

(1885-1940) Edwin Dubose Heyward was a Charleston author who wrote Porgy, the book on which the musical Porgy & Bess was based.

Josephine Humphreys

(1945- ) Josephine Humphreys is a novelist from Charleston, South Carolina. Several of her novels are set in Charleston.

Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan

(1948-2007) Robert Jordan was a fantasy author from Charleston, SC. His most famous work was The Wheel of Time series.

Peggy Parish

(1927-1988) An author from Manning, SC, Peggy Parish wrote the Amelia Bedelia children’s book series.

Julia Peterkin

Julia Peterkin

(1880-1961) Born in Laurens County, SC, Julia Peterkin was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who wrote about the African American experience in the South.

Henry Martyn Robert

Henry Martyn Robert

(1837–1923) Born in Robertville, SC, Henry Martyn Robert is the author of Robert’s Rules of Order, the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure.

Archibald Rutledge

Archibald Rutledge

(1883-1973) Archibald Rutledge was a famous naturalist writer who was also the first poet laureate of South Carolina.

Dori Sanders

(1934- ) Dori Sanders is a peach farmer from York County, who wrote the best-selling book Clover.