The Ocean s Menace
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One of the more underappreciated aspects of Archibald Rutledge's varied and prolific literary efforts focuses on the way he could weave stories involving danger in the wilds. What he frequently described as chimeras—great sharks, alligators, rattlesnakes, and cottonmouths of incredible and often embellished dimensions, wild hogs with razor-sharp tusks, and more—clearly fascinated him. Similarly, he exhibited a knack for twists and turns in his tales reminiscent of O. Henry at his best. The Ocean's Menace offers a fine example of this aspect of Rutledge as a creative writer. The title is misleading, because it immediately conjures images of something massive, such as a white shark, devilfish, whale, or other leviathan. Instead, "The Ocean" is a remote, treacherous tract of land near Hampton where hunters dared not venture and which locals viewed with a mixture of awe and alarm. It provides an ideal setting for this tale.Rutledge was at his best when writing of whitetails, because deer hunting is woven as a bright thread through the entire fabric of his life. Here though, instead of yet another tale of a mighty stag or an antlered giant, the quarry proves to be the hunter's salvation. Delightfully told, with an abundance of twists and turns as the story unfolds, this is the sage of the Santee at his finest.A project of South Carolina Humanities benefiting South Carolina literary programs, this new edition of The Ocean's Menace is illustrated in handsome charcoal etchings by Southern artist Stephen Chesley. Award-winning outdoors writer and noted Rutledge scholar Jim Casada provides the volume's introduction and afterword.


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Date de parution 21 août 2018
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781611178166
Langue English

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The Ocean s Menace

The Ocean s Menace

A RCHIBALD R UTLEDGE
Introduction and Afterword by Jim Casada
Illustrations by Stephen Chesley

T HE U NIVERSITY OF S OUTH C AROLINA P RESS
A Project of South Carolina Humanities
2018 University of South Carolina
Published by the University of South Carolina Press Columbia, South Carolina 29208
www.sc.edu/uscpress
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data can be found at http://catalog.loc.gov
ISBN: 978-1-61117-815-9 (cloth)
ISBN: 978-1-61117-817-3 (leather)
ISBN: 978-1-61117-816-6 (e-book)
Front cover illustration by Stephen Chesley
Contents
Introduction
Jim Casada
The Ocean s Menace
Afterword
Jim Casada
Introduction
Jim Casada
A RCHIBALD H AMILTON R UTLEDGE (1883-1973) quite possibly ranks as South Carolina s most prolific literary figure ever. Even more impressive than the scores of books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of poems he published is the diversity of his literary output. He was South Carolina s first poet laureate, a post he held for upwards of three decades. Supposedly on not one but two occasions he was the runner-up for the Nobel Prize in literature. As a hunting writer Old Flintlock, as Rutledge was fondly known to family and friends, was incredibly prolific, with nationally recognized expertise on the quest for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, grouse, and other species. His nature writings garnered him the prestigious John Burroughs Medal. Short inspirational books with comforting titles such as Beauty in the Heart, Life s Extras , and Peace in the Heart lightened the days and brightened the ways of hundreds of thousands of readers. Poetry ranging from exquisitely constructed sonnets to free verse which flows with the silky smoothness of Rutledge s beloved Santee River graced the pages of major national magazines on an almost monthly basis.
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