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Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoirby Bland Simpson
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Just below the Tidewater area of Virginia, straddling the North Carolina-Virginia line, lies the Great Dismal Swamp, one of America's most mysterious wilderness areas. The swamp has long drawn adventurers, runaways, and romantics, and while many have tried to conquer it, none has succeeded. In this engaging memoir, Bland Simpson, who grew up near the swamp in North Carolina, blends personal experience, travel narrative, oral history, and natural history to create an intriguing portrait of the Great Dismal Swamp and its people. For this edition, he has added an epilogue discussing developments in the region since 1990.
[Simpson] has given us a jewel of natural and human history.
New Yorker [An] engaging portrait.
Publishers Weekly Mr. Simpson's book, part history and part travelogue, entices the reader to join them [previous visitors to the Great Dismal].
Atlantic Monthly Nature-writing at its best, classic in its fervor, sincere in its integrity, transfixing in its gem-like language.
Christian Science Monitor No pleasure quite matches that of reading prose that feels as natural as breathing.
A lyrical tribute to the Great Dismal Swamp, the mysterious wilderness straddling the North Carolina-Virginia line. Includes a new epilogue by Bland Simpson, one of the region's most loved authors.
About the Author
Bland Simpson, who teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is author of Into the Sound Country (with photography by Ann Cary Simpson) and The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey. A member of the Red Clay Ramblers, an internationally acclaimed string band, he has collaborated on such musicals as Kudzu, King Mackerel and The Blues Are Running, Diamond Studs, and Fool Moon.
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