The Humanities CouncilSC and the University of South Carolina Press partnered together to produce two collectible hardback editions of little-known short stories by beloved South Carolina author Archibald Rutledge. Claws and The Doom of Ravenswood also feature handsome charcoal etchings by Southern artist Stephen Chesley and have introductions by award-winning outdoors writer and noted Rutledge scholar Jim Casada.
Archibald Rutledge (1883–1973) was South Carolina’s most prolific writer and the state’s first poet laureate. His nature writings garnered him the prestigious John Burroughs Medal.
The short stories "Claws" and “The Doom of Ravenswood” were written for publication in an early twentieth-century boy’s magazine and were first collected in the privately-printed Eddy Press edition of Old Plantation Days (c. 1913). Limited to just a few hundred copies, the Eddy Press edition is highly prized by Rutledge collectors and includes five stories— “Claws,” “The Doom of Ravenswood,” “The Egret’s Plumes,” “The Heart of Regal,” and “The Ocean’s Menace”—not found in the more widely available 1921 Stokes edition of Old Plantation Days.