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Great Dismal

A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir (Chapel Hill Books)

Bland Simpson


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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.

University of North Carolina Press, 9780807847527, 208pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 1998

About the Author

Bland Simpson, who teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is author of "Into the Sound Country" (with photography by Ann Cary Simpson) and "The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey." A member of the Red Clay Ramblers, an internationally acclaimed string band, he has collaborated on such musicals as "Kudzu," "King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running," "Diamond Studs," and "Fool Moon."