Uptown/downtown in Old Charleston: Sketches and Stories

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University of South Carolina Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Fiction - 114 pages
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This is a series of briskly paced renderings of the Holy City's dual identities, written by an acclaimed native son.

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Review: Uptown/Downtown in Old Charleston: Sketches and Stories

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A good book of a series of fairly short anecdotes or sketches of life in Charleston in mostly the 1930s and 40s. Louis Rubin lived these stories, knows his stuff, and is an entertaining writer. Read full review

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User Review  - Peg - Goodreads

READ OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR: Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog: on Writers and Writing, My Father's People: A Family of Southern Jews. Rubin's book is part autobiography and part imagination ... Read full review


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Louis Decimus Rubin, Jr. was born in Charleston, South Carolina on November 19, 1923. After serving in the Army during World War II, he received a history degree the University of Richmond. He worked for The Associated Press and several newspapers including the Richmond News-Leader before receiving master's and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins University. In 1953, while still at Johns Hopkins University, he co-edited his first book, Southern Renascence: The Literature of the Modern South. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Hollins College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a co-founder of Algonquin Books and founder of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1989, he retired from the UNC faculty after 22 years to focus on Algonquin Books. He was a prolific author who wrote novels, critical studies, histories, memoirs and a guide for predicting the weather. His books include Small Craft Advisory, Babe Ruth's Ghost, A Memory of Trains, An Honorable Estate, and My Father's People. He died from kidney disease on November 16, 2013 at the age of 89.

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