Fireworks in the Peafield Corner: A Treasury of the Best of the Sage of Hampton Plantation and the First Poet Laureate of South Carolina. Edited and with a special introduction by Judge Irvine H. Rutledge. Foreword by Lamar Underwood. Original illustrations by Steve Thomas. Published by The Amwell Press, Clinton, New Jersey (1986). 357pp. Illustrated. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. Hardcover. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 86-71553.
This collection includes 44 items of prose and poetry created by Archibald Rutledge on topics of hunting and the out-of-doors. They were gathered and edited after Rutledge's death by his son Irvine H. Rutledge. In his introduction, Irvine Rutledge explains that the selections were chosen for their historical value, to set forth “those qualities of a hunter, including independence, resourcefulness and love of the land that make a good civilian and a good soldier,” and “to defend and appreciate our natural resources.” He further states, “I deem that this selection of stories and articles represents some of my father's best efforts to chronicle events and places now long gone”
Archibald Rutledge (1883–1973) was South Carolina's first poet laureate, and a prolific and beloved writer of out-of-doors prose.
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