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"G" is for Greer, Bernard Eugene (b. 1948)

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"G" is for Greer, Bernard Eugene (b. 1948). Author. While working as a prison guard at Columbia's notorious Central Correctional Institution, Greer took creative writing classes at USC and later earned an MA in creative writing from Hollins College. He then worked on a fishing boat in Maine. During a long Maine winter, he began to forge his experiences as a prison guard into Slammer, his first novel. It was a critical and popular success. His second novel, Halloween, set in a southern coastal town merged the southern gothic family novel with a thriller—and was a commercial success. In 1979 Greer returned to USC as a faculty member of the English Department's creative writing program. In the 1990s Bernard Eugene Greer became involved with journalistic and political writing as well as other nonfiction projects.

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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.