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Conversations with the Conroys: Interviews with Pat Conroy and His Family

Conversations with the Conroys Interviews with Pat Conroy and His Family A New York Times best selling author of eleven novels and memoirs Pat Conroy is one of America s most beloved storytellers and a writer as synonymous with the South Carolina lowcountry as pluff mud o

  • Title: Conversations with the Conroys: Interviews with Pat Conroy and His Family
  • Author: Walter Edgar
  • ISBN: 9781611176308
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A New York Times best selling author of eleven novels and memoirs, Pat Conroy is one of America s most beloved storytellers and a writer as synonymous with the South Carolina lowcountry as pluff mud or the Palmetto tree As Conroy s writings have been rooted in autobiography often than not, his readers have come to know and appreciate much about the once secret dark fA New York Times best selling author of eleven novels and memoirs, Pat Conroy is one of America s most beloved storytellers and a writer as synonymous with the South Carolina lowcountry as pluff mud or the Palmetto tree As Conroy s writings have been rooted in autobiography often than not, his readers have come to know and appreciate much about the once secret dark familial history that has shaped Conroy s life and work Conversations with the Conroys opens further the discussion of the Conroy family through five revealing interviews conducted in 2014 15 with Pat Conroy and four of his six siblings brothers Mike, Jim, and Tim and sister Kathy In confessional and often comic dialogs, the Conroys openly discuss the perils of being raised by their larger than life parents, USMC fighter pilot Col Don Conroy the Great Santini and southern belle Peggy Conroy n e Peek the complexities of having their history of abuse made public by Pat s books the tragic death of their youngest brother, Tom the chasm between them and their sister Carol Ann and the healing, redemptive embrace they have come to find over time in one another With good humor and often striking candor, these interviews capture the Conroys as authentic and indeed proud South Carolinians, not always at ease with their place in literary lore, but nonetheless deeply supportive of Pat in his life and writing Edited and introduced by the Palmetto State s pre eminent historian, Walter Edgar, Conversations with the Conroys includes the first publications of Pat Conroy s interview with Edgar as the keynote address of the 2014 One Book, One Columbia citywide big read program, the unprecedented interview with the Conroy siblings for SCETV Radio s Walter Edgar s Journal, the resulting live Conroy Family Roundtable held at the 2014 South Carolina Book Festival, and a recent interview in Charleston following Pat Conroy s induction into the Citadel s Athletics Hall of Fame This collection is augmented with an afterword from National Book Award winning poet Nikky Finney and nearly fifty photographs, many from the Pat Conroy Archive in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, and published here for the first time Through the resulting treasure trove of text and images, this volume is as much a keepsake for Conroy s legion of devoted fans as it is a wealth of insider information to broaden the understanding of readers and researchers alike of the idiosyncratic world of Pat Conroy and his family.

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    1. Walter Edgar

      Dr Walter B Edgar was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1943 He received his undergraduate education from Davidson College in 1965 and his M.A and Ph.D in History from the University of South Carolina in 1967 and 1969, respectively Dr Edgar served in the U.S Army from 1969 71, including a year as an advisor in Vietnam He has been a professor of history at the University of South Carolina since 1972, has served as graduate director of the Department of History, and has directed many graduate students in their studies for the M.A and the Ph.D Dr Edgar was the founder and first director of the Applied History Program now the Public History Program , offering graduate training in historic preservation, museum studies, and archival theory He has also been the director of the Institute of Southern Studies since 1990, and has been the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies since 1995.Chief among Dr Edgar s many publications is his acclaimed South Carolina A History, the first comprehensive history of the state published in the last fifty years, described as a bold and sweeping reassessment and the history of South Carolina for this generation He is also the editor of several books, such as A Southern Renascence Man Views of Robert Penn Warren and South Carolina The WPA Guide to the Palmetto State Dr Edgar s most recent major work was a multi year project planning, supervising, and editing the South Carolina Encyclopedia, with articles by almost 600 contributors, published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2006 An enthusiastic interpreter of South Carolina and Southern history, culture, and life, he does so in a public forum in his weekly radio series on South Carolina ETV Radio Walter Edgar s Journal, and as a frequent speaker to many historical, civic, and other organizations in South Carolina, across the United States, and abroad from SC Hall of Fame scetv indexp sc_hal

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