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Watering the Sahara

Recollections of Paul Green from 1894 to 1937

By James R. Spence, Edited by Margaret D. Bauer

Watering the Sahara

Approx. 286 pp., 6 x 9, 33 halftones

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8652-6333-8
    Published: January 2008

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Distributed for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History

Based primarily on previously unpublished interviews with Paul Green, Watering the Sahara is a compelling study that chronicles the dramatist's life from childhood in rural Harnett County to military service in World War I, the beginnings of his career as both educator and writer, his work as a Hollywood screenwriter, and the theater collaborations that culminated in the creation of the symphonic drama The Lost Colony. Extensive quotation from the interviews provides the reader with new insight into the complexity of North Carolina’s leading playwright.

About the Authors

James Robert Spence (1928-1995), a native of Harnett County, NC, was an attorney who had an active career in public service in both North Carolina and Florida.
For more information about James R. Spence, visit the Author Page.

Margaret D. Bauer is the Ralph Hardee Rives Chair of Southern Literature, professor of English, and editor of the North Carolina Literary Review at East Carolina University. She is the author of The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist (1999) and William Faulkner's Legacy (2005). In 2007 she received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for her work as editor of the North Carolina Literary Review.
For more information about Margaret D. Bauer, visit the Author Page.