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“B” is for Baldwin, William Plews, III

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  “B” is for Baldwin, William Plews, III [born 1944]. Novelist. Born in McClellandville, Baldwin was reared in the Carolina lowcountry. He is a “would-be” architect with two degrees from Clemson—one in history and the other in English. After college, he returned to McClellanville where he has made a living by crabbing, oystering, shrimping, serving as a magistrate, writing screenplays for Hollywood, and writing fiction. His first novel, The Hard to Catch Mercy [1993] was universally well-received,l won the Lillian Smith Prize for fiction, and was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. In addition to his novels and four non-fiction books, William Plews Baldwin, III, has collaborated on several delightful oral histories: Mrs. Whaley's Garden with Mrs. Emily Whaley of Charleston and Heaven is a Beautiful Place with Mrs. Sister Peterkin of Murrell's Inlet.

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.