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“H” is for Hayne Paul Hamilton (1830-1886)

“H” is for Hayne Paul Hamilton (1830-1886). Poet, educator, essayist. A native Charlestonian, Hayne was educated at the College of Charleston. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. However, he found the legal profession disagreeable and turned to writing for regional publications. In the 1850s he published three books of poetry that reflected the literary taste of the time. In 1857 he became editor of Russell’s Magazine which he made a successful periodical. After the Civil War he retired to a cabin near Augusta, Georgia. Hayne lived by selling his poems and essays, mainly to northern journals. Paul Hamilton Hayne corresponded with the best writers in the nation and in Europe and he was one of the few in the post-Reconstruction South, respected in academia as a refined poet and cultured man of letters.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.