Molloy, Robert [1906-1977]

Aug 9, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"M" is for Molloy, Robert [1906-1977]. Novelist, editor, critic. Malloy was born in Charleston, but at the age of twelve his family moved to Philadelphia. He began his literary career as a publisher’s reader, translator, and book reviewer. Eventually he became the literary editor of the New York Sun and began writing short stories that appeared in national magazines. In 1945 he published his first novel, Pride’s Way—an engaging social comedy of a large Charleston Catholic family. Malloy summoned up the city of his youth, viewing his characters and his native city with affection, humor, and gentle irony. It was a Literary Guild selection and a play version was performed in Charleston. Other Charleston novels followed: Pound Foolish (1950) and A Multitude of Sins (1953). Robert Malloy also wrote the nonfiction work, Charleston: A Gracious Heritage.