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“E” is for Everett, Percival (b. 1956)

“E” is for Everett, Percival (b. 1956). Author, editor, educator. Born at Fort Gordon, Georgia, Everett was reared in Columbia. Everett drew on his experiences as a young African American growing up in Columbia in his first novel Suder (1983). The novel’s critical success gained him a position at the University of Kentucky. He then taught at several other colleges before becoming Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He is the author of twenty-five novels, four collections of short stories, and six books of poetry. Though some of his fiction since Suder draws at least partly on southern origins and themes (including his latest novel, James), Percival Everett’s creative work has more generally focused on the American West and more imagined settings such as a postapocalyptic future.

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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.