One cold February morning in 1913, a 64-year-old woman known as Nance Dude led her granddaughter, Roberta Putnam, out of their home in western North Carolina and up the side of a mountain. She returned without the child later that day. What could drive an old woman to murder her granddaughter? Maurice Stanley has reconstructed the sad, dark story of Nance Dude from newspaper articles, court and prison records, and talks with mountain people who either remember Nance's crime or learned of it from their elders.
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Bright Mountain Books is proud to announce that The Legend of Nance Dude is now back in print. All of the known facts surrounding Roberta Putnam’s grizzly murder and the arrest, trial, and subsequent conviction of her grandmother Nance are presented in this compelling tale based on historical fact, oral tradition, and the author's intuitive speculation.From the Author:
by Ben Steelman
I just got a packet from Bright Mountain Books of Fairview, N.C., with a copy of the new novel by Brunswick County's Maurice Stanley -- "Sorrows End."
Stanley, as you'll recall, taught in the philosophy and religion department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for 12 years before his retirement. In his later years, he's become an accomplished historical novelist.
His book "The Legend of Nance Dude," originally published by John F. Blair in 1991, followed an actual child murder case that occurred near where Stanley grew up in the North Carolina mountains. It was later restaged as a play and even translated into Russian. (Bright Mountain republished it in 2004.)
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Book Description Marblehead Publishing, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0943335167