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South Carolina Academy of Authors Inductees Featured in SCL Exhibit
Dori Sanders, Gwen Bristow, and Elliott White Springs - three South Carolina authors whose careers are documented in collections at the South Caroliniana Library - are the focus of the Library's exhibit during the month of April.
The three writers will be inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors on April 15 at USC's Capstone Conference Center. Ms. Sanders will be the principal speaker for the occasion.
Sanders' first book, Clover (1990), brought her immediate critical and popular acclaim. It received the coveted Lillian Smith Award, has been translated into five languages, has gone into ten hardback and numerous paperback printings, and was adapted for the screen. The York County native has also written another novel, Her Own Story (1993), as well as a cookbook, Dori Sanders' Country Cooking (1995). She presented the address at the 57th annual meeting of the University South Caroliniana
Ms. Dori Sanders Society in 1994. In addition to extensive vertical file holdings on Sanders, the Library owns the original manuscript for Clover.
Read Ms. Sanders' 1993 address to 57th annual meeting of the University South Caroliniana Society, A Writer from Filbert: Her Own Place.
Marion, S.C., native Gwen Bristow (1903-1980) made her authorial debut in Columbia's leading newspaper, The State, in 1916 as a Taylor School student reporter. She worked as a career journalist before going on to become one of America's best-known popular novelists. Between 1930 and 1932, she wrote four mystery novels in collaboration with her husband, Bruce Manning. Deep Summer, the first of her best-selling historical novels, appeared in 1937, followed by The Handsome Road (1938), This Side of Glory (1940), Tomorrow Is Forever (1943), Jubilee Trail (1950), Celia Garth (1959) and Calico Palace (1970). Her books were published in multiple languages and paperback editions, and were adapted for film.
The Library received Bristow's letters and papers in the early 1980s from her brother, Dr. Louis J. Bristow, and her publisher, Harper & Row.
For a description of the Gwen Bristow papers (1914-1980), see USCAN, or read the description published in the University South Caroliniana Society Program, 1982, pages 12-14.
The writing career of Lancaster County's Elliott White Springs (1896-1959), who later became one of South Carolina's premiere industrialists, resulted in the publication of seven books
Elliott White Springs
with a Spring Maid,
and more than sixty stories and articles between 1926 and 1931. His most significant book was his first one, War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator (1926), based upon the wartime air exploits of World War I flying ace Mac Grider.
The Library's voluminous Springs Collection includes letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and school and military records, in addition to copies of his books.
Items on display in the April exhibit will include a sampling of manuscripts and printed items from these collections.
-- Dr. Thomas Johnson
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