208 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 39 illus., 2 maps, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4752-7
Published: September 1998
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6706-8
Published: November 2000
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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.
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"Beautiful writing by someone who knew this famously forbidding tangle of canals and legends from childhood."—Annie Proulx
"Simpson has written a most interesting personal memoir of his romance with the swamp. It is rich with the place's history and with stories of people who have lived in or near the swamp."—Robert Pittman, St. Petersburg Times
"Simpson has given us a jewel of natural and human history."—New Yorker
"An engaging portrait."—Publishers Weekly
"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."—Atlantic Monthly
"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