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Published: May 1 1998
Size: 9.50 x 9.25
James E. Kibler, Jr.
James Everett Kibler is a scholar, teacher, and poet who lives in the subject of this volume—a plantation in Newberry County, South Carolina, the county of his birth. On this property he is restoring the old garden and repairing badly damaged forests by reintroducing native flora. A student of Southern literature, he has written or edited eleven volumes and more than a hundred essays, speeches, and book reviews on subjects ranging from Southern gardens, antebellum plants, agriculture, and nature to Southern art, folklore, and architecture. Kibler's most recent work is a cycle of tales, also set on the Tyger River, entitled Still River, Gentle Wind: Stories of Place.
"This 200-year history of a South Carolina plantation family-seen from the inside, so to speak, in letters and ledgers and the comments of descendants—brings us home to who we are by showing us where we came from. Kibler has researched and presented an overall account that resonates for all of us in the very core of our being."—Shelby Foote
"A superb book. It is nothing short of a tour de force It is charmingly written, astoundingly rich in detail, and absolutely fascinating reading. It reminds me, at various times, of Ben Robertson's Red Hills and Cotton, W. A. Percy's Lanterns on the Levee, some of James McBride Dabbs' autobiographical works, James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and the best (that is to say, the least polemical) essays in I'll Take My Stand. I enjoyed it immensely."—Publishers Weekly
"Vivid reconstructions of farming practices, domestic tasks, and what the Civil War did to antebellum life give context to meticulously researched details about specific topics, ranging from the plasterwork found inside the house to the plants in the formal gardens outside. Overarching the factual material are the stories of the family members, who are brought vividly to life here."—Brad Hooper, Booklist
1999 Fellowship of Southern Writers Nonfiction Award
1999 Southern Heritage Society's Literary Achievement Award
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