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Best-selling SC Authors & Novels Set in SC


Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

At age 14, Elizabeth Boatwright won the Charleston Poetry Society’s Skylark Award for her poem Noches. Born in 1909 in Darlington, she graduated from Converse College and then met and married James Coker, president of Sonoco Products in Hartsville. She wrote her first book, Daughter of Strangers in 1950. Between 1952 and 1981, she wrote eight more historical novels. She died in 1993 at age 100 and was at work on her 10th book.

Pat Conroy

Although born in Atlanta, South Carolina claims bestselling author, Pat Conroy, as a native son. Conroy has written several novels based on his life in the Lowcountry including, The Great Santini, The Water is Wide, Lords of Disciple and My Losing Season, The Prince of Tides and South of Broad. Several of his novels have been turned into movies. Conroy lives on Fripp Island. 

James Dickey

James Dickey was born in Atlanta, but was a professor and writer in residence at USC's Columbia campus from 1968-1997. In 1969 he penned his best-selling novel Deliverance. He also wrote the screenplay for the book, which was made into a major motion picture and nominated for an Academy Award in 1972. 

Dorothea Benton Frank

Born and raised on Sullivan's Island, Dorothea Benton Frank draws from her background of the lush and steamy Lowcountry as a frequent setting for her contemporary romance novels. Frank's "beach reads" – Bulls Island, Pawleys Island, Isle of Palms, Plantation and Sullivan's Island – have appeared on the New York Times "Best Selling Fiction" list.

DuBose Heyward

Heyward is best known for the folk opera Porgy and Bess, which was based on his novel Porgy. Born in Charleston in 1885, Heyward worked in insurance and real estate. When he achieved financial independence, be began his career as an author.

Josephine Humphries

Popular author Josephine Hunphreys was born in Charleston in 1945. After graduating from Ashley Hall, she got a degree at Duke University and also studied at Yale and the University of Texas. Most of her novels are set in her native Lowcountry.  Her book Rich In Love was made into a movie with Albert Finney and Jill Clayburgh and shot in and around Charleston. 

Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia has delighted millions of children since she first appeared in print in 1963. Her creator, author Peggy Parish was born in Manning in 1927 and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English. She began writing after moving to New York City to teach third grade at a progressive experimental school. Before her death in 1988, Parish wrote 11 Amelia Bedelia books. Her nephew kept the popular character alive by steeping in to author new adventures for Amelia.

Julia Peterkin

Peterkin's novel Scarlet Sister Mary won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928 and was made into a Broadway play in 1930. Born in 1880 in Laurens County, Peterkin's work was known for sympathetic portrayals of Blacks in the South.

Ron Rash

This Chester native has written three collections of poetry, three short story collections and four novels. Ron Rash’s family has lived in the southern Appalachian Mountains since the 18th century, and the region is the primary focus of his writing. He grew up in Boiling Springs, N.C., and graduated from Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. He is currently the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.

Archibald Rutledge

Author, poet, hunter, gardener, philosopher and conservationist all describe Archibald Rutledge. He was born in 1883 at Hampton Plantation near Georgetown. George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette visited Hampton and Francis Marion his from the British there. After college, Rutledge taught school in Pennsylvania for 30 years before returning to live at Hampton. He was named South Carolina’s poet Laureate in 1934 and authored many articles and books on hunting and wildlife. His inspirational book, Life’s Extras, so impressed Henry Ford that he gave a copy to each of his 25,000 employees. At his death he left Hampton Plantation to the State of South Carolina.

Novels Set In South Carolina

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
South of Broad
by Pat Conroy
Beach Music
by Pat Conroy
The Great Santini
by Pat Conroy
The Lords of Discipline
by Pat Conroy
My Losing Season
by Pat Conroy
The Water is Wide
by Pat Conroy
Bulls Island
by Dorothea Benton Frank
by Dorothea Benton Frank
Sullivan's Island
by Dorothea Benton Franks
Southern Fried Plus Six
by William Price Fox
Edisto: a Novel
by Padgett Powell
The Yemmessee: A Romance of Carolina
by William Gilmore Simms
Bastard Out Of Carolina
by Dorothy Allison
Celia Garth
by Gwen Bristow
by John Jakes
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
The Mermaid Chair
by Sue Monk Kidd
Where The River Runs
by Patti Callahan Henry
When The Light Breaks
by Patti Callahan Henry
by Mary Alice Monroe
The Beach House
by Mary Alice Monroe










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