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Louis D. Rubin, Jr.
Published: Sep 1 2011
Published: Jan 3 2014
Published: Jan 3 2014
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Louis D. Rubin, Jr., has been an author, an editor, a publisher, an artist, a newspaperman, and a university professor during his distinguished career. Rubin has served as chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, president of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, and chairman of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association. Cofounder of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, he has written and edited more than fifty books, including most recently The Summer the Archduke Died: Essays on Wars and Warriors, Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog: On Writers and Writing, and My Father's People: A Family of Southern Jews. He lives near Pittsboro, North Carolina.
"Proud of its impeccable pedigrees and beautiful old houses, Charleston might lure any native boy into its snobbish spell, but Louis Rubin was drawn to another Charleston and a different vision. He preferred the docks to the yacht club basin. He loved baseball, not golf. He admired not the sleek passenger locomotives, but the Doodle Bug, a little train toodling through on its way to Savannah. Out of such young choices there grew a fine writer and a great American critic. The reader will discover Rubin's Charleston in this book."—Elizabeth Spencer
"Uptown/Downtown in Old Charleston is about a city in some ways larger that the state in which it resides. The book is also about memory and boyhood and baseball and boats and trains and family—and it packs a great wallop because it's written by one of the country's finest writers. These nine stories are among the best nine innings of history you'll ever read."—Clyde Edgerton
"Louis Rubin brings the city to life with his insider guide to a secret Charleston too often overlooked in the carriage tours and guidebooks of today. Rubin allows you to enter the soul of the real Charleston, revealing its essence and depth. A wonderful, necessary book."—Pat Conroy, author of South of Broad
"Wisdom and humor abound in this trustworthy guide to a lost world. Exquisite, deeply felt writing illuminates the well-lived life of a well-loved manand it ain't over till it's over, either! Here's a fine companion for the journey"—Lee Smith
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