NC Literary Hall of Fame



Sam Ragan: North Carolina's Literary Godfather by Lewis Bowling

Carolina Academic Press
$29.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-5310-1705-7
December, 2019
Nonfiction: Literature
Available from the publisher

"One of the best decisions I made as Governor was appointing Sam Ragan Poet Laureate. Sam was a man who touched the lives of thousands of North Carolinians. Lewis Bowling's biography reminds us why Sam Ragan is known as North Carolina's Literary Godfather."
—former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt

"Sam Ragan creates great beauty for the ear and eye in the lines of his verses. He is as earthy as Sandburg when it suits his purpose, and as insightful as Frost with a Southern Accent. I am so glad Lewis Bowling has written this book about my good friend."
— Ronald Bayes, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee

Sam Ragan had a huge influence on North Carolina literature and the arts. He was Executive Editor of The News and Observer in Raleigh and owner and publisher of The Pilot in Southern Pines. Governor Jim Hunt appointed Ragan as North Carolina Poet Laureate for life. Two of Ragan's poetry books were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was Secretary of Cultural Resources for North Carolina and Chairman of the North Carolina Arts Council. These are just a few of the many accomplishments of a man who even during his lifetime was called by many North Carolina's Literary Godfather.

Lewis Bowling is the author of ten books, which include Looking Back: 200 Years of Oxford History and Wallace Wade: Championship Years at Alabama and Duke. He writes a history column for the Oxford Public Ledger and is a writer for Go Duke The Magazine.

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