Nancy Roberts (author)

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Nancy Roberts (1924–2008) was often described as the "First Lady of American Folklore." She was not only a best selling author but a superb storyteller, presenting storytelling programs and lectures on creative writing at clubs, public libraries, schools and universities. The author of over two dozen books, Roberts began writing ghost stories for the Charlotte Observer. Carl Sandburg encouraged her to publish her stories as a book. In 1958 she followed Sandburg's advice and her books have sold over one million copies earning her national recognition including a nomination for the Great Western Writers Spur Award and a certificate of commendation from the American Association for State and Local History.[1]

Southern Living magazine described her as the "custodian of the twilight zone."

Nancy Roberts, née Nancy MacRae Correll, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Milton Correll and Maud MacRae. Her family was originally from North Carolina and Nancy returned to the state in the 1950s. Early in her career, she owned a newspaper in Maxton, North Carolina called the Scottish Chief. During this time, she hired a photographer named Bruce Roberts to work on the paper. They married soon afterwards. In addition to numerous books, the marriage produced two children. Her book, titled "David," chronicled Roberts' experiences raising a child with Down Syndrome. Roberts and Bruce Roberts divorced in the 1980s. Roberts continued writing books and stories until a few months before her death on July 1, 2008. No doubt, if she were alive today, she would also be blogging. Roberts is survived by her two children from her marriage to Bruce Roberts, and a grandson. Her final resting place is at Sharon Memorial Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Books by Nancy Roberts[edit]

  • America's Most Haunted Places by Bruce Roberts, Nancy Roberts (Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1976) ISBN 0-385-09964-9, OCLC: 1531988
  • Animal Ghost Stories by Nancy Roberts (Little Rock, Arkansas : August House, 1995) ISBN 0-87483-401-5, OCLC: 32311899
  • Blackbeard and Other Pirates of the Atlantic Coast by Nancy Roberts (Winston-Salem, NC : J.F. Blair, ©1993) ISBN 0-89587-098-3, OCLC: 27725606
  • Blackbeard's Cat, ISBN 1-886391-40-8, Library of Congress Card Catalog Number 98-068229
  • Civil War Ghost Stories and Legends by Nancy Roberts (Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1992) ISBN 0-87249-851-4, OCLC: 25628262
  • David by Nancy Roberts, Bruce Roberts (Richmond, Virginia : John Knox Press [1968]) OCLC: 437075
  • The Faces of South Carolina by Nancy Roberts (Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1976) ISBN 0-385-07752-1, OCLC: 2121061
  • Georgia Ghosts by Nancy Roberts (Winston-Salem N.C. : John F. Blair, Publisher, ©1997) ISBN 0-89587-172-6, OCLC: 36807527
  • Ghosts and Specters: ten supernatural stories by Bruce Roberts, Nancy Roberts (Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday [1974]) ISBN 0-385-07231-7, OCLC: 802872
  • Ghosts from the Coast by Nancy Roberts (Chapel Hill, North Carolina : University of North Carolina Press, ©2001) ISBN 0-8078-2665-0, OCLC: 46634396
  • Ghosts of the Carolinas by Nancy Roberts (Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1988) ISBN 0-87249-586-8, OCLC: 18351912
  • Ghosts of the Southern Mountains and Appalachia by Nancy Roberts (Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, ©1988) ISBN 0-87249-597-3, OCLC: 18380668
  • Ghosts of the Wild West by Nancy Roberts (Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, ©2008) ISBN 978-1-57003-731-3, OCLC: 183879290
  • The Gold Seekers : gold, ghosts, and legends from Carolina to California by Nancy Roberts (Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1989) ISBN 0-87249-658-9, OCLC: 20264555
  • Goodliest Land by Nancy Roberts, Bruce Roberts (Garden City, New York : Doubleday, 1973) ISBN 0-385-04302-3, OCLC: 707066
  • The Governor by Nancy Roberts, Bruce Roberts (Charlotte [N.C.] McNally and Loftin, 1972) OCLC: 417067
  • Haunted houses : tales from 30 American homes by Nancy Roberts (Chester, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press, ©1988) ISBN 0-87106-775-7, OCLC: 16466049
  • The Haunted South by Nancy Roberts (New York : Barnes & Noble, Inc., by arrangement with Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1996) ISBN 0760703671, OCLC: 37104698
  • North Carolina Ghosts and Legends by Nancy Roberts (Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, ©1991) ISBN 0-87249-764-X, OCLC: 23462085
  • South Carolina ghosts : from the coast to the mountains by Nancy Roberts (Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1983) ISBN 0872494284, OCLC: 10752542
  • Southern Ghosts by Nancy Roberts, Bruce Roberts (Garden City, New York : Doubleday, ©1979) ISBN 0-385-12813-4, OCLC: 4884172

Visual Material by Nancy Roberts[edit]

  • Pirates of the Carolinas by Nancy Roberts Southeastern Filmstrips, Inc.; Nancy Roberts Southern Collection (Charlotte, NC : Nancy Roberts Southern Collection, Ltd., ©1980), OCLC: 26245369

References[edit]

  1. ^ from page titled "About the Author" by Robert Stockton in Blackbeards Cat by Nancy Roberts, (Narwhal Press Inc., Miami/Charleston, 1999), ISBN 1-886391-40-8,