The list author says: "South Carolina has more atmosphere than Florida has New Yorkers, more history than California has trophy wives, and more sense of itself as a unique political/cultural unit than any state this side of Texas. No wonder it has produced some of the nation's most compelling fiction over the years. This list is hardly comprehensive, but it's a start."
"Simms was a very popular author before "The War"--he was the South's counterpoint to James Fenimore Cooper. This is arguably his greatest work: a historical romance set amidst the very real (and little-known) Yemassee War of the 1710s."
"Poverty, hard-drinking, incest--Faulkner couldn't have done it better. As pleasant a read as going through primal therapy, but a worthy book exploring some real, and damnably prevalent realities. And who is going to argue with Oprah?"
"The real human desires, crises, hopes and quirks of the Lowcountry African-Americans Peterkin lived among at her husband's plantation in the early 1900s. Mencken (who served as Peterkin's agent) and Carl Sandburg both admired her work; awarded SCARLET SISTER MARY the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1928."