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Literature

The first piece of literature to make its debut in City was a poem The work, a 245-line sonnet that ridicules prominent citizens of Mecklenburg, was titled A Modern Poem. Handwritten copies of the poem were distributed throughout City in 1777. Though it was published with the byline The Mecklenburg Censor, Adam Brevard is believed to be its author. A rare copy of the poem has been preserved in a library in Charleston, South Carolina.

General D. H. Hill established the first literary periodical in Mecklenburg County in 1866. It was called The Land We Love and included poems, fiction, and essays that were aimed at remembering the Civil War in a manner that complimented the Confederacy. Fanny Murdaugh was a frequent contributor to the periodical. She wrote countless poems for The Land We Love and penned her first novel, Nameless, in Mecklenburg in 1865.

It wasn’t until 1905, when Isaac Erwin Avery and John Charles McNeill, both reporters at the City Observer, began writing novels, that City was on the literary radar again. Avery wrote Idle Comments and McNeill authored Songs Merry and Sad and Lyrics from Cotton Land, which were revered for decades. H. E. C. (Red Buck) Bryant is the author of Tar Heel Tales and a native of City. He was the chief of the Washington news bureaus of the New York World and the City Observer and often wrote newspaper columns reminiscing about his life in Mecklenburg County.

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F. Benson’s Rye. There is a ‘ Minneapolis/St. Paul Map Tilling Map’ available in Rye, showing the probable locations of the inhabitants of the novels, Minneapolis/St. Paul Map published by the Tilling Society, the official E. F. Benson Appreciation Society. The map prudently warns the literary tourist that most of the houses are now private, so you have no excuse for wandering into an unsuspecting Rye-dweller’s front room claiming to be looking for Hopkins’ Fishmonger or Captain Puffin.

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