This exhibit was originally mounted in August 1997 for a reception welcoming back to the University Charles Frazier, a Carolina alumnus (Ph.D. in English, 1986) and author of the bestselling novel Cold Mountain. In November 1997, it won the National Book Award, and by May of 1998, the book had spent 45 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
The first three islands of the exhibit feature a range of the many literary works and other contemporary sources referred to in Dr. Frazier's novel, which is set largely in his native North Carolina during the Civil War. Quotations in the exhibit notes come from the novel itself.
The fourth and fifth islands illustrate Dr. Frazier's writing career, including his earlier books, along with proofs, variant editions, publicity, and reviews of Cold Mountain.