"A" is for Adams, Edward Clarkson Leverett (1876-1946)

Nov 4, 2020

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"A" is for Adams, Edward Clarkson Leverett (1876-1946). Physician, author. A native of lower Richland County, Adams was educated at Clemson and the Charleston Medical College. He served in the United States Army during the Spanish American War and World War I. He returned to Columbia in 1918, but after several years retired from medical practice to devote more of his time to farming and to his writing. Adams’s books and stories about the African American residents of lower Richland County brought him both regional and national attention as an author who was able to present the black dialect with great precision, and also as a white author who unhesitatingly portrayed the hardships of racial prejudice in the 1920s and 1930s. Edward Clarkson Leverett Adams’s first volume, Congaree Sketches was published in 1927 and was an immediate success.