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"S" is for Steele, Henry Maxwell (1922-2005)

South Carolina From A to Z
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"S" is for Steele, Henry Maxwell (1922-2005). Writer, educator. A Greenville native, Steele’s first published story, “Grandfather and the Chow Dog: A Story,” appeared in Harper’s in 1944. Six years later, his first novel Debby was a critical success. Steele is best known for his short stories and twice has won O. Henry prizes. In 1956 he began teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he later served as writer in residence, professor, and director of the creative writing program. Under his leadership, the writing program produced some of the nation’s most promising young writers. In1992 he was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors. In his acceptance speech, Henry Maxwell Steele said: “All of my work was written away from home but with an unbreakable tie to it.”

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson 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.