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“S” is for Sass, Herbert Ravenel (1884-1958)

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“S” is for Sass, Herbert Ravenel (1884-1958). Journalist, naturalist, novelist. A native Charlestonian, Sass graduated from the College of Charleston. In 1908 he started working for the Charleston News and Courier for which he wrote a long-running column “Woods and Waters." Friends convinced Sass to send similar pieces to the Saturday Evening Post, which along with other national periodicals published his work. His collections of nature stories, showing his lush use of language and intimate knowledge of bird and animal life, include The Way of the Wild, Adventures in Green Places, and On the Wings of a Bird. Sass’s fascination with lowcountry and Native American history is displayed in his historical novels, War Drums; Hear Me, My Chiefs; and Emperor Brims. Herbert Ravenel Sass’s best work is Look Back to Glory, a tale of the Civil War.

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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.