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Ted Phillips, Jr.
Published: Jan 8 2010
Published: Oct 10 2022
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Ted Ashton Phillips, Jr. (1959–2005), was a resident and historian of Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Harvard University, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon, Phillips was a trustee of Magnolia Cemetery, a member of the Brown Fellowship Cemetery Committee, and an officer of the Preservation Society of Charleston. He is interred in Magnolia Cemetery with the subjects of his book.
"Whether you think you know Charleston or you are entirely new to lowcountry lore, Ted Phillips's guide to Magnolia Cemetery is an excellent opportunity to learn more of who-was-who in Charleston's distant and recent past. If history is biography, then these sketches of representative Charlestonians provide a history as rich and varied as any in the South—or on the planet."—William P. Baldwin, author of Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden and Lowcountry Daytrips
"Ted Phillips's remarkable study of Magnolia Cemetery and the equally remarkable people who are buried there reflects the author's boundless enthusiasm for Charleston, its people, and its history. Ted's work rightly recognizes that Magnolia Cemetery is one of the cultural treasures of Charleston and this book will inspire a deeper appreciation for Magnolia as one of the preeminent sites in our city. Ted Phillips was an amazing Charlestonian who loved this historic city deeply and he deserves to be remembered in the pantheon of remarkable Charleston personages."—The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr., mayor of Charleston
"These brief biographies of writers, artists, politicians, slave traders, criminals, socialites, and others who lie buried in Charleston's huge riverside cemetery come from a man who loved his city, studied its history, and knew many of its secrets. In sketches that range from the serious to the humorous, Ted Phillips has separated the admirable from the villainous, duly acknowledged the dull and dutiful, and had great fun with the shady and scandalous. This is a book not to be read in gulps, but savored in sips."—Jane H. Pease, University of Maine
"This is a gloriously unclassifiable book—with one foot in history and one in literature—that redefines and deepens our understanding of what it has meant to be a Charlestonian. Filled with wit and rueful wisdom, the portraits of the dead in Ted Phillips's City of the Silent speak with an eloquence that recalls Lyton Strachey's Eminent Victorians and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio."—Dale Rosengarten, College of Charleston
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