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“R” is for Rubin, Louis Decimus, Jr.

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  “R” is for Rubin, Louis Decimus, Jr. [1922-2013].  Teacher, author, editor, publisher. A native of Charleston, Rubin served in the army during World War II and obtained his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1954. In 1957 he joined the faculty at Hollins College where he mentored future writers Annie Dillard and Lee Smith. Later at UNC-Chapel Hill, Clyde Edgerton, Jill McCorkle, and Kaye Gibbons were among his students. Rubin left teaching to concentrate on Algonquin Books, a press he had founded in 1983 to nourish young writers such as Dori Sanders. Among his many publications were Southern Renasence, Surfaces of a Diamond, Seaports of the South, Small Craft Advisory, and My Father’s People. During the course of his long and productive career, Louis Decimus Rubin, Jr., acquired “a cultural mantle …as the Dean of Southern Literature.”

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.