Trinity University Press

Literary Charleston and the Lowcountry

From the Literary Cities series

Curtis Worthington (editor), Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (foreword)

An armchair traveler’s journey through the rich and often surprising history of one of the most intriguing colonial cities in America

The different faces of Charleston, South Carolina, have created curiosity and wonder among writers for centuries. In Literary Charleston and the Lowcountry, Curtis Worthington compiles this intriguing and surprising collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry selections by thirty-four local and internationally acclaimed authors. It provides a rich tapestry of one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. The stories of this often mysterious and much-loved colonial city are revealed through the eyes of writers who lived there or visited over the centuries. From the winding back alleys and ringing church bells of the historic district, to the expansive former plantations of the Lowcountry, to the seductive dune and white sands of nearby beaches, Literary Charleston and the Lowcountry presents a picture of Charleston never fully explored or appreciated, until now.


  • Hervey Allen
  • William Bartram
  • John Bennett
  • William Cullen Bryant
  • Alice Childress
  • Pat Conroy
  • James Dickey
  • William Elliott
  • Shelby Foote
  • William Price Fox
  • John Galsworthy
  • George Gershwin
  • Albert Goldman
  • Harlan Greene
  • Paul Hamilton Hayne
  • Josephine Humphreys
  • Henry James
  • Harry Hervey
  • DuBose Heyward
  • Sue Monk Kidd
  • August Kleinzahler
  • Ludwig Lewisohn
  • Nick Lindsay
  • Amy Lowell
  • Robert W. Marks
  • Walker Percy
  • Josephine Pinckney
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Padgett Powell
  • Josiah Quincy Jr.
  • Beatrice Witte Ravenel
  • Louis D. Rubin, Jr.
  • Rafael Sabatini
  • Wendy Salinger
  • Herbert Ravenel Sass
  • William Gilmore Simms
  • Henry Timrod
  • Andy Warhol
  • Owen Wister


    “Worthington has compiled an astonishing number and kind of writings about our romantic, mysterious and much-loved city.”

    Charleston Today

    “The literary luminaries populating the anthology are a who’s who of distinguished locals and captivated, occasionally skeptical, visitors.”

    Post and Courier

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    • Price: $16.95 buy »
    • Pages: 348
    • Size: 5.5 x 8.5
    • Published: Aug 2012
    • Status: Available
    • ISBN: 9781595340795


    Writers / Writing, Anthology, Regional, Literature, U.S. South