Charleston Impressions

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Synopsis: We walk streets that have changed little in the last 100 and sometimes200 years. The buildings crowding in on all sides are not fanciful reconstructions but the real thing. We saunter where pirates saunterered. Duels were fought on these greens. Cannonballs clipped tree branches and tombstones. Courtships were pressed, marriages made, babies born. Lucky people grew old and died. Life was lived here.

There are no longer pirates or cannon balls around, but life is still lived in Charleston. Very much so. She s a liveable city and a visitable one. And she s been discovered by travelers and travel magazine editors. Every few months the old city of Charleston is picked for a new favorite destination honor.

Azaleas in bloom, cobblestone streets, gourmet Gullah cooking, the sway of a horse drawn carriage and the scent of tea olive hard to get such attributes into a photograph but renowned architectural photographer N. Jane Iseley manages to do it, and William Baldwin, novelist, historian and poet, does the same with the text.

From the pale shadow of elaborate ironwork laid across a tiled church entry to the famed Dock Street Theater aglow with lights, Charleston Impressions is a book of riches.
Come along. You re invited in.

About the Author: William P. Baldwin is a lifelong resident of the Carolina Lowcountry. He graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in History in 1966 and an M.A. in English in 1968. He and his wife, Lil, have two grown sons. Over the years, he s worked as a shrimper, building contractor and, most importantly, as a writer. He s done numerous articles on local subjects, is the author of the well-received novel The Hard to Catch Mercy, and wrote the text for N. Jane Iseley s perennial favorite, Plantations of the Lowcountry. Most recently he contributed a text of poetry and songs to The Unpainted South, a celebration of the rural South with photographs by Selden "Bud" Hill.

N. Jane Iseley is a graduate of Radford College and the New York Institute of Photography. As a staff photographer for Colonial Williamsburg for nine years, she was the photographic author of six books. As a freelance photographer, she has more than 23 books to her credit, including Charleston, Charleston Entertains, The Charleston Interior, Lowcountry Plantations Today, Beaufort, Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens, and Savannah Secret and Public Gardens. She is president of Legacy Publications. Her home is on a family farm in Burlington, North Carolina.

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