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“S” is for Sanders, Dorinda (Dori) Watsee (b. 1934) Farmer, novelist.

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“S” is for Sanders, Dorinda (Dori) Watsee (b. 1934) Farmer, novelist. Sanders was born in Filbert, in York County. Although she had moved to Maryland in the 1950s, she returned home every year during the growing season helping her family on their two hundred acre peach farm. After years of farming, Sanders tried writing and submitted a Gothic romance novel to Algonquin Books. The press rejected it but encouraged her to continue writing. In 1990 in her first novel, Clover she gave a child’s-eye view of racial differences in a South Carolina town in the 1980s. The lyrical and insightful novel received glowing reviews and won the Lillian Smith Book Award. Her second novel, Her Own Place (1993) featured an indomitable African American heroine. In September 1997 a movie version of Dori Sanders’s Clover was aired on national television.

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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.