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Pirates, ghosts, and coastal lore : the best of Judge Whedbee /

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Kershaw - Camden Library 398.2W (Text) 33255002703552 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Lancaster - Lancaster Branch 398.2 Whe (Text) 30553101564690 Adult Non-Fiction Storage -

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  • ISBN: 9780895872951
  • ISBN: 0895872951
  • Physical Description: xi, 157 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: Winston-Salem, N.C. : John F. Blair, [2004]

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Summary, etc.: In 1963, Judge Charles Whedbee was asked to substitute on a morning show called 'Carolina Today' on Greenville, North Carolina's television station while one of the program's regulars was in the hospital. Whedbee took the opportunity to tell some of the Outer Banks stories he'd heard during his many summers at Nag's Head. The station received such a volume of mail in praise of his tale-telling that he was invited to remain even after the man he was substituting for returned to the air. "He had a way of telling a story that really captured me," said one of the program's co-hosts. "Whether he was talking about a sunset, a ghost, or a shipwreck, I was there, living every minute of it." Word traveled as far as Winston-Salem, where John F. Blair proposed to Whedbee that he compile his stories in book form. Whedbee welcomed the challenge, though his expectations for the manuscript that became 'Legends of the Outer Banks' and 'Tar Heel Tidewater' were modest. "I wrote it out of a love for this region and the people whom I'd known all my life," he said. "I didn't think it would sell a hundred copies." The Lost Colony, Indians, Blackbeard, an albino porpoise that guided ships into harbor-the tales in that volume form the core of Outer Banks folklore. Whedbee liked to tell people that his stories were of three kinds: those he knew to be true, those he believed to be true, and those he fabricated. But despite much prodding, he never revealed which were which. 'Legends of the Outer Banks' went through three printings in 1966, its first year. Demand for Whedbee's tales and the author's supply of good material were such that further volumes were inevitable. 'The Flaming Ship of Ocracoke & Other Tales of the Outer Banks' was published in 1971, 'Outer Banks Mysteries & Seaside Stories' in 1978, 'Outer Banks Tales to Remember' in 1985, and 'Blackbeard's Cup and Stories of the Outer Banks' in 1989. Although Judge Whedbee died in 1990, his legacy lives on through his folklore. Altogether, the five books have gone through 58 printings and sold more than 205,000 copies. Now in its 19th printing, 'Legends of the Outer Banks' has sold 111,000 copies. And so it is fitting that in this, the 50th year of John F. Blair, Publisher, the company should release this volume of the 13 stories that the Blair staff felt were the best of Charles Harry Whedbee.
Subject: Pirates -- North Carolina -- Atlantic Coast -- History -- Anecdotes
Folklore -- North Carolina -- Outer Banks
Tales -- North Carolina -- Outer Banks
Legends -- North Carolina -- Outer Banks
Ghosts -- North Carolina -- Atlantic Coast
Ghost stories, American -- North Carolina -- Outer Banks
Ghost stories -- North Carolina
North Carolina -- Anecdotes
North Carolina -- Outer Banks -- Legends
North Carolina -- Outer Banks -- Ghost stories
Outer Banks (N.C.) -- History -- Anecdotes
Outer Banks (N.C.) -- History, Local

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