“B” is for Baldwin, William Plews, III
“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  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.