Tuesday, October 11, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gervais & Vine
$60 per person with online registration
(includes a first trade edition of The Egret’s Plumes signed by artist Stephen Chesley)
Chilled wine punch and heavy hors d’oeuvres served
Archibald Rutledge’s short story “The Egret’s Plumes” was originally part of a 1913 privately printed book, Old Plantation Days. In 1921, the book was revised and reprinted by a commercial publisher. Five chapters were not included in the reprint, and it is those “lost chapters” that are being brought out as a collection in individual illustrated chapbooks through a partnership of the University of South Carolina Press and South Carolina Humanities. Previous publications in the series are Claws and The Doom of Ravenswood.
Archibald Rutledge (1883–1973) was South Carolina’s most prolific writer and the state’s first poet laureate. His nature writings garnered him the prestigious John Burroughs Medal.
“The Egret’s Plumes” is an inspiring, allegorical narrative that illuminates the pitfalls awaiting immoral acts and the saving virtues of selflessness and compassion. A project of SC Humanities benefiting South Carolina literary programs, this new edition of The Egret’s Plumes 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 outdoors writer and author Jacob F. Rivers III offers an afterword.
Limited editions of the book will also be available for purchase at the reception.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 22-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.