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Four Chapel Hill Writers

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The Chapel Hill Historical Society Presents: Four Chapel Hill Writers Whose Lives Light Up Our Past. Presentation by Dr. Patrick Horn and Dr. Valerie Yow, George Moses Horton is often remembered as the "black bard" or "slave poet" of NC, but the author who helped him get published, Caroline Lee Hentz, has become less famous than her celebrated student. Over a hundred years later, Paul Green, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright at UNC, helped Betty Smith embark on her literary career. Dr. Patrick E. Horn serves as Associate Director for UNC's Center for the Study of the American South and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature. Dr. Valerie Yow is a historian who draws from the biography she wrote, BETTY SMITH: LIFE OF THE AUTHOR OF A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, and from her study of Paul Green's life and plays. The speakers will present the words of the four writers and their lives in Chapel Hill - especially the ways they helped other writers and people who were fighting injustice - they give us stories to live by.

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