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Dorothy Roberts

Southern Appalachian Writers Collection


Title Dorothy Roberts
Creator Southern Highlands Research Center
Alt. Creator D. H. Ramsey Library
Dorothy Roberts; Southern Appalachian Writers ; Appalachia
American literature -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- History and criticism
American literature -- Appalachian Mountains -- History and criticism
Appalachians (People) in literature
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Description and travel
Description The collection contains letters of correspondence, ephemera, a photograph, and anecdotal information on the writer.  These materials were gathered as part of an exhibition of Southern Appalachian Writers held at UNCA in the early 1980's and sponsored by D. H. Ramsey Library and the Southern Highlands Research Center.
Publisher D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Annette Hatley ; Matthew Farrell
Date 2005-08-23
Type Collection ; text ;
Format 1 folder ; text ; cassette and CD
Source M2005.05.02-8
Language English
Relation The Heritage of Western North Carolina, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 
Coverage 1900's - present ; North Carolina
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.  Some materials in collections are electronic rights only. Please ask for assistance from Special Collections staff.
Donor 240
Acquisition  2004-03-
Citation Dorothy Roberts Southern Appalachian Writers Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff,  2005
Last update 2008-09-17, 2011-04-21
Statement on writing  
Dorothy James Roberts was noted American novelist of Arthurian, Irish, Icelandic, and contemporary fiction. She was born September 5, 1903 in Elizabeth, WV. She attended Barnard, College and pursued graduate study at University of Wisconsin. Although raised in Ohio, Roberts attended undergraduate school at Barnard College in New York, and later graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, where she studied medieval literature.

Roberts began publishing in 1942, when she released More Than You Promise, a joint effort with author Kathleen Smallzried detailing the history of the Studebaker Corporation. Roberts then moved into fiction, publishing her first novel, A Man of Malice Landing, in 1943. By 1964, Roberts had produced fourteen published novels (with one, If a Body Kill a Body, under pseudonym Peter Mortimer). A number of these were based on Arthurian legends, although Roberts also wrote Irish and Icelandic historical fiction, as well as producing contemporary American fiction.

Roberts died in February 1990.

Bibliography BOOKS BY
1949 Marshwood
Appleton-Century-Crofts (1949)
1954 Launcelot, my brother
Appleton-Century-Crofts (1954)  
1955 The enchanted cup
Bantam (1955)
1960 With Night We Banish Sorrow
Little Brown, Boston; (January 1, 1960)
1961 Fire In The Ice
Little Brown; 1st edition (1961)
1963 Kinsmen of the Grail
Little Brown; 1ST edition (1963)