208 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 39 illus., 2 maps, index
Chapel Hill Books
A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir
Just below the Tidewater area of Virginia, straddling the North Carolina-Virginia line, lies the Great Dismal Swamp, one of America's most mysterious wilderness areas. The swamp has long drawn adventurers, runaways, and romantics, and while many have tried to conquer it, none has succeeded. In this engaging memoir, Bland Simpson, who grew up near the swamp in North Carolina, blends personal experience, travel narrative, oral history, and natural history to create an intriguing portrait of the Great Dismal Swamp and its people. For this edition, he has added an epilogue discussing developments in the region since 1990.
"[Simpson] has given us a jewel of natural and human history."
"[An] engaging portrait."
"Indians, lumbermen, hermits, fugitive slaves, swamp rats, canal builders, and bird watchers have all enjoyed the slightly sinister beauty of the Great Dismal. Mr. Simpson's book, part history and part travelogue, entices the reader to join them."
"Nature-writing at its best, classic in its fervor, sincere in its integrity, transfixing in its gem-like language. Simpson reveals to us by the sheer power of his prose the importance of preserving places like the Swamp, and of the joy of visiting them."
--Christian Science Monitor
"In this quietly eloquent book, Bland Simpson takes the reader on a journey through a remarkable place, and the stories he brings back are well worth the trip."
--North Carolina Historical Review
"A fascinating book. . . . It will be welcomed by the serious naturalist and by the armchair traveler."
© 2012 The University of North Carolina Press
116 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3808
How to Order | Make a Gift | Privacy